Esteem Others Better Than Yourself
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 New Living Translation
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3 NIV
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.KJV
Most of us say we are Christians but we have never really understood the true meaning and reality of Christianity. To be a Christian is to be Christlike above every other desire. Jesus was humble and presented Himself as a servant. He served, loved and respected everyone.
False Christianity, lip service and flattery towards God and man is indeed a very sad thing. Hypocrites are worse than unbelievers because their evil attitude mixed and masked under the cloak, garment and guise of Christianity actually repels potential converts and believers.
We must preach by our actions as light of the world and salt of the earth. Action speaks louder than words – we cannot go about proclaiming Christ and at the same time spew hateful, evil and proud comments on social media that ridicule and demean others – God is indeed watching us.
‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Matthew 15:8
The Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized. Isaiah 29:13
Todays Scripture says we should value and esteem others above us. This attitude flows from humility and truth however, most of us have forsaken humility and complete truth. We live in partial truth.
The truth is that humility and selflessness will achieve what money, physical beauty and technology cannot achieve. Money and technology are good but if they are not used with humility and truth, they can be used as instruments of death, subjugation, discrimination, slavery and every form of vice until man destroys humanity.
We must begin to practice the art of honoring and respecting every human regardless of their physical appearance and circumstances. Once we begin to see everybody with the eyes of love the way God sees everyone, we will become less selfish and honor and respect everyone. This will lead us to reject rudeness, mockery, scorn, envy, racism, tribalism, jealousy, spite, malice, unhealthy competition with others and every form of vice.
May God increase our love for others to perfect love. May we be found blameless in His sight as we wait for Jesus Christ.