I’ve been thinking about this for a few months, and I feel the Lord laid it on my heart to ask this question today.
Who’s More Important? Me or them?
Them = our neighbor, our enemy, our friends, the random stranger on the street, or the rude driver who cut you off
I’ve noticed an uptick in selfishness since the pandemic started. It’s as though the whole world decided if they were going to die from a virus, then they may as well live life however they want, and let everyone else deal with it. From bad drivers to scammers to incredibly rude comments to irate individuals who think they are the authority on …. It goes on and on.
But God says we’re not to live like that. Instead we are to “turn the other cheek” (Matt 5:39). And “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Phil 2:3 NKJV, emphasis mine)
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,” (Matt 5:44 NKJV, emphasis mine)
This is how we should act.
But it’s so hard sometimes.
Someone says something that on any normal day we’d ignore, but on that day, it hits us the wrong way.
Another person cuts us off in traffic almost causing us to crash with our little ones in the car.
We get served the wrong food or cold food at a restaurant, and we get irritated with the waitress.
Our boss gets on our case for something that we had no control over.
We’ve all had those days. But we are called to be better, to have control, to love.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matt 5:13-16, NLT)
The world is dark and getting darker, but we are the light. Let’s shine for Him.