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Get Low, Stay Low

Jeff Jones

"For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith." Roman 12:3

Have you ever had your feelings hurt or lost your temper because things didn't go the way you thought they should? This verse, in Romans 12, gives all of us some hope. It tells us that we can actually tap into the grace of God and begin to see ourselves differently. God is reminding us that we shouldn't see ourselves highly, but to think of ourselves "soberly," no better or worse than anyone else.

I want to share with you three simple truths that will help you do this:

1. Get Low, Stay Low
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself." (Philippians 2:3)

Get the picture? We're not to do anything out of ambition, conceit, or pride—and notice it doesn't say to look at others as equal, but better than us. Wow...when was the last time we did this, and honestly placed others before ourselves?

2. Be Others Focused
"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." (Philippians 2:4)

Later on in this same chapter, the Apostle Paul tells the church at Philippi that of all the leaders he'd been training, that only one guy, Timothy, would naturally care for their state, because all sought their own.

So maybe we should take a little time and help those around us with things that are important to them first, before we look at our own interests.

3. Be Servant of All
"And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, 'If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.'" (Mark 9:35)

Jesus' disciples had been arguing about where they would rank on the ministry flowchart. They were fighting among themselves on who would be the greatest! Can you imagine how dumb that conversation must have sounded? But Jesus reminded them, as He is reminding us today, that if we want to be great, then we must choose to become servant of all. In other words, we don't get a chance to pick and choose whom we serve, we should just serve everyone.

What do you think? Willing to try it for a day? What if each of us decided to purposely serve everyone we come in contact today? How much would our world change? 

Say It: “Father, I pray for Your grace to help me not to see myself higher than others, but instead, to see myself in the right perspective. Help me to get low and stay low as I choose to humble myself before You. Help me to be more focused on others, more centered on others, and more centered on Jesus than self-centered. And finally Lord, help me to reflect Your character as I work to become a servant to all. I ask all of this in Jesus' Name. Amen."