“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
Ever know someone who not only has to be the center of attention, but must also be commended for nearly everything they do? Sometimes they seem to beg, whine, or even demand your pity or praise. According to Scripture this is far from how God would have us to portray ourselves.
A lowly mind goes right along with contentment and humility. Nothing we do should intentionally promote us, nor should we have false perception of ourselves.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
This does not refer to us comparing ourselves with those around us, but instead we should be concerned with the needs of others above our own: that is true humility.
Sometimes we get so blinded by what is going on in our own life that we neglect to see what others are going through. When we have a pity party about how something affects us, we are distracted from being a blessing to someone else.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
In Chapter 2 of Philippians we read of Christ’s example to us in His humility and His lowliness of mind in how He looked upon our need instead of His own. It is through His sacrificial death for us that we can truly live.
“And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Ezekiel 31-32 | Mark 13 | Psalm 120
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