When You Need to Put Others First.
Often times, Christians are viewed as this group of snobs that go to a social club that they believe everyone wants in, but in actuality few can stand the stench. This social club meets often (on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights), and celebrates itself for its ritual and self-righteousness. Of course, this is not always the case. But for me this is often times how I feel, meaning I often am the one turning it into a pompous social club. But that was never what Jesus intended, He had better plans.
Jesus spoke of His Church being one that was meant for action, one that would not fight pop culture but would bring the fight to satan, and bring others into new hope in Him. Big difference.
As well, He never wanted us to be another “religion”, filled with rigid rules and selfish politics. Instead He claimed that if we wanted to be great we must be the servants to others (Mark 10:44).
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Paul was facing some disunity issues with the church in Philippi, and he realized that one of their major issues was that they were only looking out for the person in the mirror. If a chain is only as good as it’s weakest link, how weak do you presume a chain is if none of the links are even interlocked?
About this Paul wrote, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3 NIV).
This does not mean that I should be a faker, holding up this image of modesty and humility while secretly believing I am oh so amazing. Nor does it mean that I am supposed to think I suck at everything, this is a horrible policy as well, because God gives us gifts and we are meant to do our best and share them with the world. Imagine if Rembrandt believed he was awful? He would have never shared his gift.
Instead, I need to wake up to the fact that I cannot always get my way, and I cannot get what I want at the expense of others, but rather I need to put the needs and desires of others before my own. Why? Because love happened. Also, I need to build others up and brag on them, not lying, but looking for the good and seeing what God is doing in their lives and through them and post a status about it or something. Why? Because love happened. If I live like this I tear down the snob.
Love happened on the Cross, and what Jesus did gave me a purpose and a life.