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Philippians Favorites – 2:3

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

I-40 between Nashville and Memphis Tennessee 2013

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” Philippians 2:3

This statement you would not see in today’s society. Our psychological culture is doing for yourself first. You need to have a high self-esteem. You are number one. Walk over others to get to the top.

God’s economy is just the opposite. God loves humble. “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James 4:6) Don’t do anything that leads to strife, contentions, divisions, or factions. You are not better than anyone else. Don’t be setting up class distinctions. Don’t separate yourself from certain groups such as the poor, racially different, or the educated.

Also Paul says, don’t be seeking vainglory—self-conceit or empty glory. Most people in the world will ask, “What do I get out of this?” That’s not what Christianity is about. We are happy when another gets a promotion or praise for accomplishment. We just don’t need self-glory.

Instead of self-esteem, we are to esteem others better than we are. This is Christ esteem. We find our identity and our grace in Christ. We all have different gifts and talents. Some people are more educated, some have more money, and some can put a car together with their eyes blindfolded. Maybe that’s us; but our gift or our calling is not more important than anyone else’s.

This is a hard saying for most people. They look down at the person across the aisle. Unity is showing we care about each other. Remember, if you are esteeming another person better than you are, a bunch of people are esteeming you better than they are. It’s all to the glory of God.