Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. – Philippians 2:3: (NIV)
I know of some people who went to great schools. Each time they meet other people they are in a hurry to remind them as such. They have colourful brand stickers fixed on to their vehicles reminding anyone who cares, just in case. Almost before they finish a sentence, comes a mention of that famous school they have been to.
On one hand I do admire that type of pride in one’s old institution. But then I also at times wonder when this does not become self-engrossing pride. Here is the danger of someone becoming so obsessed with his background that he considers any without the same experience less. In fact, such mention is meant by some to put others down.
For a believer such self-absorption can limit one’s witness. Matter of fact ours is a business of lifting up others. In advising the church that we should consider others better than ourselves, the Apostle Paul was also giving us tips how to reach others. If we go out and we are all puffed up with our background certainly that does not stir many people. But if we approach other people with humility and look more for ways to uplift them then there is an opportunity to bring them closer and share the saving Gospel of Jesus.
Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray that in my affairs with others I think of them more highly for the sake of the Gospel.