For Jesus to become greater in my life, I need to have a right view of myself. Time for some sober second thought as I reflect on my importance, achievement, and impact. We all want to have an impact – leave a legacy. We just need to keep it in perspective…
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
The pattern of this world is to have an inflated view of self. The self-sacrificial way of God is life-transforming.
It takes a renewing of the mind to think with some sobriety about who we are and how important we are. Remember that we serve a God who turned the youngest sheep-herding son of Jesse into King David. He turned hard-working average-Joe fishermen into the Apostles who founded the Christian church.
This same God struck Ananias and Sapphira dead for lying to the Holy Spirit. He closed the sea around Pharaoh’s army and washed them all away as he saved Israel. God created us from dust and to dust we return. Our lives are mist which appears for a while (James 4:14).
Have a right view of yourself.
Have some sober second thought.
In fact, have the same mindset as Jesus.
Jesus, although he was equal to God, humbled himself and took on the position of servant in this life (Philippians 2). We are not equal with God, and so how much more ought we to consider ourselves less?
He must become greater; I must become less (John 3:30). Our humility in this world will change us and it will change our relationships with the world around us…