The Other Guy is Winning (and that's OK)

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God blesses humble people.  That’s difficult for my American mind to comprehend.  God has called on me to love and root for the accomplishments, growth, & success of others.  If I’m to be honest, this isn’t always the case.  Sometimes I find myself rooting for other people to mess up a little.  My own insecurities aren’t tested as much by my own failings, but by the accomplishments of those around me.  If this hits close to home, you’ve been robbed of a great freedom that God is offering.  

God’s great wisdom often runs counterintuitive to what the world says.  The world says “get ahead.”  When someone else gets the blessing to which we feel entitled, we find ways of tearing them down in our minds.  That’s what the world says to do.  The world is stupid.  

In God’s great reality, tearing others down will never lift you up.  The mark of true confidence and security in Christ is the genuine ability to celebrate other people.  If you want to tick the devil off, support other people.  Wanna really make Satan mad?  Put others before yourself.

I have to share these amazing words in Eugene Peterson’s The Message version of Philippians.

Philippians 2:2-4  –  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.

We don’t forget ourselves very often.  What if we trusted the God of our salvation with our future, our plans, and our worth?  It just might change everything.  It is certainly the mark of true confidence.  

Your worth isn’t determined by the number of people you impress.  So calm down a little bit.  This concept sets you free chase the right things and forget the things that don’t matter.  Isaiah 65:17 talks about the fact that this world will pass away and be replaced by something SO MUCH better.  Why spend our time worrying about the little sand castles?  We can live our lives for the kingdom.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.