Me, Myself, and I
We live in a society today that is focused around the letter “I.” Whether it’s the young child in the grocery store saying, “Mommy I want this or I want that,” or even the young adult who says, “I want to become this or that.” We, as a society, cannot deny the fact that we live in an “I” centered country where it is a dog-eat-dog world in which we do anything we can to get to the top. This is something we all struggle with and cannot deny. The fact is, we live in a world that is more focused on its wants and desires than the wants and desires of others. And what is this top anyways? Is it really worth it in life to be self-centered? When we are self-centered, thinking about ourselves rather than others, does this exemplify who we are as Christians?
We need to be Christians who are thinking of others rather than ourselves. This is a rather tough concept to grasp because that means lowering ourselves beneath others. Philippians 2:3-4 states that,
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better then themselves. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also the interests of others.”
I believe the hardest part about this is putting people above ourselves, something that might be foreign to us. But isn't this the attitude that Christ had when He was on the earth? Wasn't humility and servanthood Christ’s ministry? We need to strive each and every day to have the humility to put people and their needs above our own, knowing that this was the exact thing Christ did for you and me. Let’s strive as Christians to live in humility and put people and their needs above our own.
Josh Basic is the preacher at the London and Macomb Church of Christ in El Reno, Oklahoma. Josh is a Bear Valley graduate of 2017.