5th May 2012

The Only Sensible Response – Preferring One Another

“…in honour giving preference to one another;”
Romans 12:10 (NKJV)

The hardest battle that Christians fight is with the self. We really are our own worst enemy. Selfishness is the undoing of many. It’s as if it is in our DNA. In fact it is!

When you consider how the serpent was able to beguile Adam and Eve by appealing to their pride, lust and greed; and how that set the condition of the human mind, we cannot fail to see that the same condition remains today.

I’m sure we have all dealt with people who are desperately selfish, who are the only people they care about. Everything has to be about them, they cannot share with others. How difficult it is to go that step further and actually prefer someone else when they are the only recognisable centre of their world.

Let us thank God that he is not like this. In fact our very existence is based in God preferring us to himself. Choosing to suffer for us so that we need not suffer; willing to take our pain upon himself and so deliver us from it.

If God can count us worthy of this how can we ever put less value on one another? God has put inestimable honour upon us, raising us up to sit with Christ in the heavenly realms along-side the father (Ephesians 2:6). Is it because we don’t see this that we can be selfish and count as of little value other children of God? If God’s great desire is to give us everything with Jesus (Romans 8:32) how can we be so blind as to miss the point for us? This generosity of God is an example for us. Now, we cannot be generous quite like this because it is not within our gift, but the pattern is clear to see.

God takes this even further. We might be blighted by seeing ourselves in our wretchedness but God sees beyond this, notice Hebrews 2:6-7, “But one testified in a certain place, saying: ‘What is man that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you take care of him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honour….’”

If God can see this in us, we ought to view one another in the same light in faith and show the preference that God shows.

Prayer
Father in heaven, how wonderful for us that you hold us in such love and honour. As we consider our fellow man let this understanding affect and guide our dealings with one another so that we too can in honour give preference to one another.
Amen

Study by David Stirk

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