Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better
Hollywood shows like Top Model, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars are tuned in to peoples desire to be important. Yet words like top, idol, and star do not describe the joyful Christians life. What is more important? To be a celebrity or to imitate Christ?
Genuine joy is expressed in Christlike humility. Its disturbing, however, when people twist truth, betray trust, and sacrifice the joy of community on the altar of selfish ambition. Humility is difficult, but practicing vain conceit (selfish pride) sows seeds of death in the midst of life. Conceit started with Adam and Eve, and the same bad fruit is still being harvested today.
Why do we tend to measure self-worth against the perceived success or failures of others? Is it because we think lifes ultimate goal is personal fulfillment or that living life at anothers expense will stir feelings of joy?
Humility is different. It discovers self-worth in Gods grace for us all, not in the standards of human achievement. Genuine humility finds lifes true value in helping Gods joy penetrate every heart regardless of circumstance or character.
Isnt that why Jesus made himself nothing, humbled himself, and became a servant?
Does your life sow seeds of death or joy? Thats the difference between conceit and humility.
Dear Lord, I praise you that human dignity is a gift of your grace. Protect me from pride and make me like Christ so that I will sow the seeds of your joy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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