We are a very competitive society. Most everything is based on competition. We compete to get in schools. We compete in schools. We compete in athletics. We compete to get jobs and in jobs to advance. We even compete in lifestyles!
We want to be the best! If we are not the best, we want to have the best. In some way our personal significance is tied up in being able to say that in some way we are the best. If we cannot be the best in something, we feel that in some way we have failed It seems essential for us to be able to say (or at least to think), I am better than you!
Being better than you in some way makes us important. That attitude fuels significance and also fuels racism, classism, bullying others, oppressing people, and treating people as though they were things. It is an expression of arrogance that can justify almost anythingfrom the slavery form of prostitution to genocide. It says, I have the right to treat you as I wish because I am better than you. Therefore you exist to serve my desires! I do not want to hear any complaints! Just serve my purposes well!
If you are a Christian, the greatest person you know (Jesus Christ) DID NOT become the great one through competition. The eternal one at Gods right hand served people. He emptied himself. He became in form the created. He obeyed. He endured the shame and pain of a humiliating execution. He did not raise himself. He did not exalt himself. He did not position himself on Gods right hand. God highly exalted him!
He treated the lowly as important and God as superior. Today, by God the Fathers acts, Jesus is Lord. As Lord, he is our example. Through humility, he shows us the power of humility and the curse of arrogance.
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:10
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