“𝗗𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗿 𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗶𝘁. 𝗥𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿, 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝘃𝗮𝗹𝘂𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝘃𝗲𝘀, 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀.” 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗶𝗽𝗽𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝟮:𝟯-𝟰
In a world of selfies, “broadcast yourself”, “subscribe and follow me”, and worth based on likes and followers, this generation has highlighted “self” more than anything. It’s an exhausting competition to the top. You can go viral in one second or be forgotten the next minute.
Because of this worldly perspective, we continue to battle within ourselves the love of self more than others. Society tells us to “love yourself” but we don’t need more of that because we already do. We put our needs first, we choose our comfort over another’s inconvenience, and we haggle as much as we can as to what can benefit us more. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘽𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙩𝙚𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙨 𝙪𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙫𝙚𝙨, 𝙥𝙪𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙨 𝙛𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙨.
Now, that’s no walk in the park. It’s easier to be apathetic and brush off the needs of others. But Jesus sets the perfect example. He lived it Himself. All His life, He placed the needs of unworthy sinners like you and me, more than His own comfort, convenience, and even His own life. This is what sets the Christian apart from the world—𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙨𝙖𝙘𝙧𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙬𝙣 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙖𝙠𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙨. 𝙄𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙤𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙡 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙮 𝙎𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙞𝙩’𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙞𝙫𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙬𝙚 𝙜𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 “𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛-𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮” 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗻:
1. As you assess yourself, do you consider others better than yourself?
2. How can you be a blessing to someone today?
“Mighty God, I humble myself for faculties misused, opportunities neglected, words illadvised, I repent of my folly and inconsiderate ways, my broken resolutions, untrue service, my backsliding steps, my vain thoughts. O bury my sins in the ocean of Jesus’ blood and let no evil result from my fretful temper, unseemly behavior, provoking pettiness. O Thou God of all grace, make me more thankful, more humble.” -Valley of Vision prayer