“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (Romans 12:16)
Is it just me, or is this verse repeating itself? Is it just me, or is this very saying the same thing more than once? It’s like Paul thought we needed to hear it twice in order for this simple idea to penetrate our me-centric hearts.
Here’s one approach to life: Live to win. Protect what’s yours at all costs. Don’t let anyone get the better of you. You’ll never belong in the best crowd if you hang out with the lamest one. If no one is beneath you, then you’re on the bottom.
And here’s the Jesus way to walk: Live to help others win. Take yourself out of competition for most popular. Be good to everyone and too good for no one. Imagine how the least popular people will look in eternity when glorified, sinless, and living up to their full design specifications.
Think: How often would you say you have an actual goal of living in harmony with other people? How many people of low position on the world’s scale would say you’re their friend?
Pray: Ask God to help you to live in harmony with others. Ask him to help you not to be proud or conceited, but to be willing to hang out with people who rank low on the world’s scale.
Do: Make a quick list of three Christians you know who really seem to make a point to hang out with low-positioned people.Tweet