“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.” Romans 12:16
Here we find the Apostle Paul letting his readers know they have no business being conceited about their status in life. How we think regarding others and ourselves determines how we live out our life. “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3) Healthy pride in an accomplishment well done is fine, but pride that leads to an arrogant attitude and a haughty spirit is not of God. We are to acquire a humble spirit, giving credit and glory to the Lord for all things we have and /or have done. Many of us know for a fact that it only takes one bad decision and its’ subsequent consequences to take us down. To be forced into a humbling situation is never pleasant, but it necessary at times to get God’s message across. That is how much He loves us.
Solomon cautions in Proverbs 3:7 to “…not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Arrogance borne out of ignorance is a strange, but lethal combination. Our arrogance refuses to allow our ignorance to step down and listen to others. We can never have the same mind as our brethren if we insist on thinking more highly of ourselves then we ought. It is truly not all about us. Christ is the head.
God is far greater than we could ever even think of being. If we set our mind on high, godly things and allow the Holy Spirit to mold us into what God has intended us to be for Him, we will develop all the behavioral characteristics needed to be Christ to those around us. On our own we are a shadow of what we can be. Submit to the power of God’s love and change your world. Until Christ’s Return, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language; The Reformation Study Bible & The Asbury Bible Commentary.
Bible Translation: The New King James Version.