OK, perhaps I am overstating it JUST a bit! 🙂 But, the "selfie" culture on Social Media is very telling.
Much of the time (not ALL, so no hate mail OK?), these selfies are simply a means of saying, "Look at me! I want attention!" Everywhere you look on Social Media people are taking pictures of themselves doing the most mundane things in the most elaborate poses – as if the rest of us really want to see this. "Check out my new shoes!" "My hair is ON POINT today!" "Look at these abs, baby!" It's all about me, me, me! It's all about self, self, self!
Our society suffers from a "ME-First" mentality. It’s the reason - when you are coming up on a stoplight - that you change lanes just to get further ahead of the car in front of you. You are GOING to get ahead of them. Or when a car begins to pass you on the road, you speed up. You will NOT allow them to get in that coveted position! Talk about a ME-First world!
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It’s the reason you get angry when someone else in the restaurant gets their food before you when you CLEARLY sat down before they did.
And, the ULTIMATE example of a ME-First mentality? Black Friday! This is where you can see the disgraceful sight of people pushing, elbowing, and biting so they can be the one to save $10 on bed sheets for Christmas.
It’s the reason you check how many friends you have on Facebook or followers on Twitter and Instagram in comparison to someone else. If you have more, you are higher up on the social ladder. You are sitting in the seat of honor. Some of you even have the app “Followers Plus” that tells you how you rate against others. It gives you the ability to see your “fame value” and your “acclaim value” to see if you really are as popular as you feel.
So, what does Jesus say about elevating yourself above others? What does Jesus say you should do INSTEAD of trying to live with a "ME-First" mentality? Jesus says...
"For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” - Luke 14:11
Jesus seems to be saying, “Don’t wait for other people, circumstances, or even God to humble you. CHOOSE to humble yourself.”
You must CHOOSE to put others first. You must CHOOSE to put yourself in the lowest position – not because you were forced to be last. Not because you’re having a pity party because everyone else got the breaks. But, because you CHOSE to humble yourself.
So, how do you choose to humble yourself? How do you actively humble yourself on a daily basis so you never have to go through the pain of BEING humbled?
I shared a message with our congregation on this very topic. In it, I share some insights from The Bible that will help you in this process of choosing to HUMBLE YOURSELF! I hope it is a blessing to you: