do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain coneit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. in your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had- who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness, and being found in appearance as a human being, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death to the cross!
therefore, my dear friends, as you have obeyed -not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence -continue to work out your salvation in fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fullfill his purpose. do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.