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January 22, 1998

Our Place (Part Two)

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My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. PSALM 131:1
Thinking too little of others, as we learned yesterday, can be a dangerous practice. But thinking too much of ourselves is equally as hazardous.
As always, Jesus Christ should be our example in how to think of ourselves. According to Philippians 2:6-8, Jesus did not consider equality with God something to be attained. Instead, He made himself a servant and died on a cross—for a bunch of people who were totally undeserving.
Jesus was born humbly, He lived simply, and He died cruelly. His was not a life of privilege, of taking what He deserved or what He had earned. His was a life of serving, of giving what was rightfully His. For all that Jesus was, He did not think of Himself very often.
As if this tightrope were not hard enough to walk, there is another dimension added to it. We must walk this out not only in action, but also in attitude. God is not looking at what we do, but at the source of our actions—our hearts. What is going on in there? How are you thinking about others? What are you thinking about yourself? You can hide those innermost thoughts from everyone else, but you can’t hide them from God. He can see it all, down to the very last prideful thought and motive.
How would your life change if this thought were at the top of your mind? Would you begin to think differently about others? About yourself? Why don’t you give it a try? If you humble yourself as Christ did, perhaps God will lift you to heights you’ve never known.

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