"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you" - Romans 12:3 (NIV).
Ego has been described as a "persons esteem or sense of self importance" Everyone of us needs some dose of ego, because without it one may be assumed to have no value and subjected to all sorts of abuse. Ego drives us to achievement for fulfilment. For with ego one strives to be noticed which can lead anyone to do something good, if it only results into that recognition. Ego can help one with self defence especially if we sense our sense of worth is being violated or dishonoured.
But what if our ego gets ahead of ourselves! For certainly it can happen when any of us has an exaggerated sense of his self. When someone's ego is so puffed up they sort of imagine all the world has to stop to recognise them. An ego puffed up fellow quickly takes offense when he is not recognised as such- like when his name is missed out during an important speech. Hence the reason why some prefer to tactfully stop at "all protocol observed" for the fear of hurting someone's ego by not mentioning their presence.
Everyone of us has a certain ego which as observed is worthwhile but the danger is when it overruns us. Ego can destroy relations as one nurses hurt feelings imagining being once slighted. Ego can make a nuisance of us as we demand that special recognition to calm us down, often at the expense of others. Heads of states have littered nations with their statues as though none was aware of them!
For this reason, believers are urged not to think of themselves "more highly than you ought" but have the humility for there is only "one God and Father of all, who is over all" (Ephesians 4:6). Actually ego can be a torture as it makes one ever restless in search of that special recognition, which may be endless and furtive. Think of
of all those titles some people feel they must add to their names just to feel content.
However, when ego is checked and subjected to the cross one is liberated knowing that in all things "Christ takes the glory!" And the Lord who sees and wills everything will give due reward!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, help me in all things ever to recognise and give you glory, instead of the urge for self importance, for when I am low you lift me up, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!