Thursday, September 29, 2011

What Esteem Do You Have for Your Brother?

So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy, Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention. Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:1-4 (AMP)

What esteem do you have for your brother?

In the Body of Christ, we often have a hard time understanding that others should always be regarded as “better than and superior” to ourselves. Such a mentality and esteem would certainly help us to remain humble.

Believe it or not, the Body of Christ should be serving one another, not JUST leaders. In fact, every leader called by God is a SERVANT LEADER, meaning that we must serve the same people we are called to lead. Humility is certainly a fine, but rare commodity in the church. Yet, it is necessary.

There is no room for ego within the realm of true anointing. There is no time for showboating within the realm of God’s dunamis power.

Here’s a challenge – Take at least one moment each day to encourage, serve and esteem someone else in the Body of Christ. Despite our own titles, positions, calls or anointings, let’s take at least one opportunity per day to get quiet and listen to someone else. Make someone else’s agenda more important.



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