PUT ANOTHER NOTCH ON THE BIBLE

10th February 2013 by Bill Davis

Have you ever know someone that seems more interested in their own agenda than in helping others. Sure they put on a good front, but it is mainly for show. They seem more interested in proving what they can do by often putting others down, than truly loving on others. Do they really want to serve others or just put another notch of their Bible?

Philippians 2:3 The Message (MSG); “If you have gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Don’t be jealous or proud, but be humble and consider others more important than yourselves.”
“This scripture is telling us to do nothing with a spirit of contention. This command  forbids us to do anything, or attempt anything as the mere result of strife.  This is not the principle from which we are to act, or by which we are to be  governed. The command prohibits all attempts to secure anything over others by a feeling of superiority, or as the result  of dark schemes and plans formed by rivalry. We are not to attempt to do anything  merely by outstripping others, or by showing that we have more talent, courage,  or zeal.”
Too often, people seem destined for mere self-esteem. They are more interested in honoring themselves or trying to attract attention to themselves, than in serving others. I was reading an article on church unity and church splits. “A church split may happen when someone seeks to manipulate people and/or events  for their own ends.” It could be that someone wants to exert their own leadership, even over that of the pastor or  elders. They often rally a small group of people around them to accomplish their selfish ends. Just because someone sits in church week after week, doesn’t make them a true Christian. Not all who call on the name of Christ belong to Him.
Matthew 7:21-23 Contemporary English Version (CEV); “Not everyone who calls Me their Lord will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey My Father in heaven will get in. On the day of judgment many will call me their Lord. They will say, ‘We preached in Your name, and in Your name we forced out demons and worked many miracles.’ But I will tell them, ‘I will have nothing to do with you! Get out of my sight, you evil people!”
People are so influenced by secular culture that they think, talk and act in  its image, instead of in the image of God. The world’s  standard is one of self-promotion, self-esteem, and self-worship. Too often those claiming Jesus Christ, feel others only have value insofar as they are willing to idolize them in much the same way they idolize themselves.
Bill Davis

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