In the second chapter of his letter to the church in Philippi, Paul challenges the people to “value others above yourself.” Easy to say, difficult to do. It sounds like a great idea – value others above yourself – but in reality how often do we struggle to do this? We can blame the conflicting messages we hear in the media which tell us to value ourselves above others. We can blame others for not caring about us enough. We can even excuse our way out of valuing others above ourselves because, well, they don’t deserve it. I mean who really wants to give money to that person on the street when we know they are just going to buy alcohol or worse with it? Right?
If I were preaching at this moment I get the feeling the room would be silent.
Just uttering our excuses out loud or casting blame in the presence of others is enough to remind us of just how far off track we’ve gotten. Paul goes on to say that valuing others above ourselves is akin to having the mindset of Christ and that in this way we are opening the doors for His Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
So I’m wondering what you think at this point. Why is it so hard to value others above ourselves? By what standards are we measuring each other? Let’s talk about it in the comments.