As Christians we are a part of the spiritual family of God. Romans 8:29 says He is the firstborn of many brethren, and when asked many Christians say they know this. As children of the same family do we always treat our fellow brothers and sisters with the same love? Do we esteem them better than ourselves or has this society of me first attitude worked its way into the church.
Philippians 2:3-4 “3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Paul has given us the antidote for prideful living, to put others first. Pride is mostly looked at as a person that is arrogant, but that is only one side of pride. Fact is when you look at a person that has an air of arrogance; it either rests solely on their personal accomplishments, or is the cover up of fear and insecurity. Since the majority of people in the world are not great accomplished people, but average people with an air of pride than we need to see them as fearful or insecure and pray for them not just call them prideful. Proverbs 13:10 tells us where there are contentions there is pride. When we look at pride in that light, it makes it real hard to be in strife with another person when you are putting that person above self.
Another over looked side of pride is timidity. Shyness and over quietness is often seen as meekness when in fact the person is shy and timid because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them if they do say something. That is nothing but pride that has developed a more acceptable wall around the person than arrogance. The root of pride is self-centeredness whether it is arrogance or timidity and esteeming others better than self is the cure. I am not saying putting yourself down, but rather choose to live your life building up everyone in your path. At one point I went to a church where the pastor was very resistant to recognizing the accomplishments of anyone for fear of building pride in that person. Seldom was an encouraging word spoken in person or from that pulpit. How can that way of life fit into Paul’s antidote for overcoming pride by esteeming others better than self? We need to recognize that our personal accomplishments do not make us better than anyone else, nor feel intimidated by other person’s accomplishments. There is a difference between what we do and who we are. To be a child of Christ saved by grace is who we need to see ourselves as. That is who Christians are and God shows no favoritism to any man and nowhere does the bible say God has grandchildren. Therefore to be a Christian is to be a child of God, and this all happened by the blood of Jesus, nothing we can do in the natural can get us into a better position.
Looking out for the interest of others is not an open invitation to meddle in another person’s life under the disguise of “brotherly love”. That is nothing more than being a busy body which always seems to run hand in hand with a gossip. Meddling in another person’s life is more often than not, siding with the “accuser of the brethren” which is Satan’s job and he does not need the help. Luke 6:7 is a prime example of the “religious” person looking for fault in another person; “And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the Sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him”. Jesus, in Matthew 23:26 confronted the Pharisees on cleaning the outside of the cup, but leaving the inside dirty. The “religious” of today are still doing the same instead of asking God to help them see the person’s heart. Sad thing is this type of modern day Pharisee is no different than the ones in Jesus’ day and they are still one of Satan’s greatest assets against God’s people. We have the mind of Christ and need to change our natural way of thinking to line up with His. Remember that God was willing to come to earth as a man, 1 Timothy 3:16 in the form of Jesus. Therefore, by His death on the cross and His resurrection we can have a relationship with God. The religious mind set needs to stop finding fault by looking on the outside of a man and start asking God to help him see the inside of a person’s heart as God does.
Looking out for another person’s interest is praying for them when we see the need and by esteeming them better than ourselves. We are in a “me first” generation and with all of the media pushing us that direction as fast as it can, we need to learn how to put on the breaks. Go do something for someone else and see for yourself how good you feel inside. Random acts of kindness are good, but being led by the Holy Spirit to truly pray for or bless another person is how God has called His children to live
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