Humility and Common purpose are the two greatest traits of following Christ closely. As his children, the two most damaging attitudes are pride and independence. Christ died to restore the relationship between God and us. All he asked for in return is that we surrender an follow him. Those two words simply conflict with pride and independence. Israel was a great picture of that. Whenever they followed God, he protected and built them up to be great. When they then began to think that they were the greatness and could do it all on their own, the wheels quickly came off.
It is the same with us. Even at our greatest—apart from God we are a mess. We think and behave in a way that does not honor God and ultimately causes our own pain. But, in those lucid moments, when we surrender and follow, we see his best and become our best. Easy choice, clear outcome—the hymn says it best, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.”
God Bless You
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus