Scripture for Today: Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.”
High school reunions are notorious for bringing out all those adolescent insecurities we thought we left behind! I just accompanied my husband to his 50th reunion and as a guest, thought I would feel no pressure. Most of the attendees were unknown to me. But that didn’t stop me from fussing over makeup and dress. My sweet husband said all the right things to reassure me, so much so that perhaps I got a bit cocky! Returning home, I was horrified to see lettuce peaking out from between my teeth!
Today’s verse tells us that we are to relate to others with humility, putting aside selfish ambitions and vain conceit. Not only that, we are to value or esteem others more than we do ourselves! We are to look out for the other’s interests and not only our own (verse 4). When we evaluate ourselves, we are not of think of ourselves, “more highly than we ought.” (Romans 12:3) Our standard for humility is Christ Himself who left Heaven’s glory to become a man and sacrifice Himself for us! (verses 5-8)
I had to laugh when I saw my smile in the mirror! It felt like the Lord was nudging me to knock it off and just get over myself! Humility is a tricky thing. If I were to say I have arrived at being humble, I would most likely be far from it! It is not that I should ignore my own interests, but I am to be about the interests of those around me! Humility is not thinking too highly or too little of myself. Humility is seeing myself as the Lord sees me.
Lord, give me the right attitude towards myself and others.