Saturday, September 18, 2010
Get Over Yourself
"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." Romans 12:3
Have you ever had your feelings hurt, been offended because you weren't treated fairly, or blew your stack because things didn’t go the way you thought they should? Well, just get over yourself. I hate to break the news to you, but the world does not spin around you and there are something close to 7 billion others of us living here on “Planet You.” Now don’t stop reading, because from time to time, we all find ourselves on the same boat; you know the one, the “SS ME.”
But this verse gives all of us some hope. It tells us that we can actually tap into the grace of God and begin to see ourselves differently. God is reminding us that we shouldn’t see ourselves more highly than we should, but to think of ourselves “soberly”; no better or worse than anyone else.
I want to share with you three simple truths that will help you do this:
(1) Get Low and Stay Low
Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Get the picture? We’re not to do anything out of ambition, conceit, or pride, and notice it doesn’t say to look at others as equal, but better than us. Wow, honestly when was the last time we did this, and placed others before ourselves?
(2) Be Others Focused
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Later on in this same chapter, the Apostle Paul tells the church at Philippi that of all the leaders he’d been training, that only one guy, Timothy, would naturally care for their state, because all sought their own.
So maybe we should take a little time and help those around with things that are important to them first, before we look at our own interests.
(3) Be Servant of All
Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Jesus’ disciples had been arguing about where there would fit on the ministry flow chart. They were fighting among themselves on who would be the greatest! Can you imagine how dumb that conversation must have sounded? But Jesus reminded them, as He is reminding us today that if we want to be great, then we must choose to become servant of all. And by the way, the last time I did a word search on the definition of all, it came back meaning all. In other words, we don’t get a chance to pick and choose who we serve, we should just serve everyone.
What do you think? Willing to try it for a day? What if all of us decided to purposely serve EVERYONE we come in contact today. How much would our world change? We’d love to hear how it went, let us know.