HEART CONDITION – INSECURITY Philippians 2: 1-4
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (vv3-4)
For sometime, insecurity may demonstrate itself in becoming controlling and manipulative in relations. For others it may demonstrate itself as a love of money. Or it may be seen in one who seeks to be empowered by sex. Whatever it takes, insecurity will always demonstrate itself by one thing – the exaltation of self.
The result is selfish ambition, which is fueled by deep-seated insecurity. The danger of selfish ambition is that it is easily disguised as zeal for God’s kingdom when, in fact, it is a desire to carve a place of honour for ourselves. It is an attempt to add significance to our lives and too expensive for the shame we feel regarding the past. Most of the time such an attempt takes place at the expense of other people. In Philippians 2:3, the apostle said: Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
If we are unable to walk away from the past, then we become self-centered individuals. If the shame of the past is causing us to deal with a lack of work and significance in our own lives, we will be unable to truly esteem others better them our ourselves. (MIKE FEHLAUeR)
PRAYER LINE: Father, let not the fears and concerns of the past limit my love and esteem for others. Let me be guided by Your love and to love others that the glory will be Yours. Amen
Christ’s love is a shining light.