In humility consider others more important than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also
to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4)
Disobedience to this command is rampant, and many Christians
live dismal, self-focused lives as a result. Obedience enriches
our relationships and our lives.
I had obeyed this scripture for a few days at a time in the
past, but then other things would fill my thoughts and I'd lose
sight of it. About ten months ago, God told me that several areas
of my life would be out of whack until I made it my practice
to count others more important than myself.
Although it's still easy for me to become preoccupied with me,
I am now reminded of God's command several times a day because of
two helpful exercises. First, in my prayer times, I count my
family, my students, and others as more important than myself.
Second, whenever my phone rings, I take a moment to count the
caller as more important than myself before I answer.
Recently I sat down to read the sports section after work.
Timmy, my one-year-old son, appeared at my knees. When I looked at
him, I chose to count him as more important than myself. Suddenly
I became motivated to get down on the carpet and play with him. We
wrestled and laughed together. Marcy put down her magazine and
began smiling as she watched us. It was one of the best times
Timmy and I have ever had together.
Professors, are you counting your spouse as more important than
yourself? Obedience or disobedience to this one command can make
or break your marriage. What about your kids? Your co-workers?
Students, are you counting your parents as more important than
yourself? That's what God means when He says, "Honor your father
and mother that it might be well with you." What about your
friends? Your teachers?
If we diligently obey this command, our relationships will be
enriched and God's pleasure will rest on us as never before.