Look to your left and to your right, who is in front of you and who is behind you? Where are you in the line, where are you in the social order? Look today and then look again tomorrow because you are in middle school and it can change day to day. When we think of where we are located in the social order one of the things we need to remember is this. As Christians we are to live out of Humility. In other words we are not to be snobs and look down on others. I know that many of us at times have been made to feel bad about who we are, and we have been bullied by others. But on the flip side we are not to think less of others. There is a balance that we can live by that allows us to think good thoughts about ourselves and to think good about others. It does not matter where you are in the social order, if you want to you can find someone that is lower than you and you can find ways to attack them and make yourself feel better about how you feel about you. But that is not Humility. That is doing the same thing that someone did to you and that’s just not right. It causes the bullying cycle to continue and never end.
Look what we are taught in the Bible, when it comes to what we are to think of ourselves and what we are to think of others. Philippians 2:3-11 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Wow that is a big verse but here is what it is saying. We need to think of others and think good thing of other people. Get this Jesus was God but He did not think more of Himself, He thought more of us. So here is a step by step break down for you:
Step One: Know who you are and get your identity from God.
Step Two: Know that God thinks good of other people and He loves them so you should think of them as He thinks of them.
Step Three: Live to make a difference everyday and when you have humility you will be lifted up by God. Check out this verse Matthew 23:12Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Get with God and make a difference in the lives of those around you!
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