All Seek Their Own
Philippians 2:19: But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ*s.
Paul planned to send Timothy to Philippi. He did that because Timothy would unselfishly seek to do what was best for the Philippians. A very important thing that God changes about us when we receive Christ is that He makes selfish people unselfish. There are many involved in an unbiblical movement around the world in which great personal gain is a part of their twisted idea of Christianity. Some actually say that if you are not financially wealthy, you do not have enough faith or you may not even be saved. Their motivation is to get rich and they want you to have that same evil motivation. If you listen to so-called ministers who believe those things, TURN THEM OFF.
1 Timothy 6:9: But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1 Corinthians 10:24: Let no man seek his own, but every man another*s wealth. 33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 13:4: Charity (Agape love) suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
This not to say that we should not work to meet our own needs and the needs of our families and to unselfishly give back to God and to others.
2 Thessalonians 3:10: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
1 Timothy 5:8: But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Ephesians 4:28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Proverbs 28:27: He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
In our flesh, we overestimate what we need.
Luke 3:11: He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.Luke 9:3: And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
1 John 3:17: But whoso hath this world*s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Proverbs 30:7: Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
Occasionally God makes a man wealthy who will give generously but that is rare. He gives all of us what we need, including enough that we will have the wherewithal to give.
2 Corinthians 9:6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Our natural desire is to reap bountifully before we will sow bountifully. Our natural desire is too often to reap bountifully and keep it for ourselves.