It happened a few weeks ago. It was in my Bible Study group. This lady started talking and she went on and on and on.
“Oh, no,” I thought. “Here she goes again. Why does she always have to talk so much? Usually our leader ropes her in but this time he was not leading. Another person was leading the group. I wonder how long she will go on talking.” Big sigh.
Seriously, these were the thoughts that were trampling my mind. They were thoughts of self-importance, arrogance and judgement. My mind was so cluttered with judgement, I was not even listening to what this lady was saying.
I stopped the train of judgement and jumped off. I started listening, really listening to this woman and you know what?
She is kind of interesting. I mean she had a story to tell and she told it well.
As I stumbled to my feet after jumping off the train I realized something about me. That is that many times I do not connect with people on a deeper level because I am too busy telling myself that they are not good enough for me. I mean cause I must think I am all that!
What an arrogant jerk I have become. This is in no way a Christ like way to treat someone, even if I hide it in the realm of thoughts. This kind of thinking stems from pride and self righteousness.
What right do I have to think I am better than anyone else?
Christ, God’s son, didn’t act all up in the air when he came down to earth. He didn’t demand a palace and a chariot. He had no home and he rode a donkey when he wasn’t walking. He was always healing or feeding or teaching.
He did get a bit out of sorts with the Pharisees, but that was because they thought they were better than others. (Kind of like me, right?)
So I have been asking God to help me think like Christ does. I am going to start by meditating on Philippians 2:1-11.
Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit,if any tenderness and compassion, 2 Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 Not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross