Lent FLOW Mar. 5
March 5, 2018
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
- Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)
At a men’s retreat in 2008 the speaker told us a story about a Pastor who wanted to send a telegram to members of his missionary team. He could only afford one word at the time so he sent the word “Others”.
Philippians 2:3 is such a tough verse for me because it goes against everything that comes naturally for me and everything we are taught in our society today. From an early age we are told to have high self esteem. Everything in our culture is about me, what is in it for me, doing what benefits me. We are a self centered country.
This verse turns all of that upside down. As a high school math teacher it can be extremely difficult to esteem others better than myself. I want to analyze, criticize, and critique everything my students do but it is amazing what happens when I esteem them highly. At times it is hard to find something to esteem but the looks on their faces are priceless when I give them something positive. We crave positive esteem from others but we are so quick to tear down in order to get ahead.
Prayer: Lord, help me to put others before myself. Help me to esteem others, rather than tear them down; and, may everything I do be for your glory to draw others to you.