Even the apostles struggled with this kind of comparison. They argued on the road to Capernaum about who would earn the honor of sitting at the right hand of Jesus in His Kingdom (Mark 9:33-37).
Jesus saw this competition in their hearts, but when he questioned them they refused to tell Him why they had argued. Then, He told them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all (Mark 9:35).” He was teaching them to be humble.
Jesus being very God Himself, took the role of the lowest social status, a bond servant (Philippians 2:6-7). He washed the feet of His followers (John 13:1-17).
Humility is the key to Godly confidence. We must humble ourselves before our Lord and obey His command to serve one another, confident that He sees us and will reward all our efforts. He will exalt the humble.
To whom are you most likely to compare yourself? Why?
How can you serve this person instead of competing against them?
Forgive me when I feel as though I deserve special treatment. Show me how to be humble and serve my fellow workers instead of competing against them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Author: Liz Giertz