Is life just a big competition?
As Christians, our attitudes and motives should be the exact opposite of this! Philippians 2:3 says: ‘Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves’. If Christ lives in us, then our pride must be conquered and we must humbly love our fellow men. ‘Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.’ (1 Corinthians 13:4). So for a Christian, relationships must not be founded on envy, jealousy, or even equality, but rather on treating others better than ourselves. Why should this be the case? Because verse 5 of the same chapter (Philippians 2) commands us: ‘Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.’ How difficult it is to have that mind towards others! Let us pray that God would enable us to become more Christlike in this respect. This sacrificial love should be visible both in the church and our daily lives, so that unbelievers may see a difference in us!
By Philip Mackereth
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