“Love … is not proud”.
1 Cor 13:4 NIV
“The really great man never thinks of his own importance. William Carey was one of the greatest missionaries and certainly one of the greatest linguists the world has ever seen. He translated at least parts of the Bible into no fewer than thirty-four Indian languages. He began life as a cobbler. When he went to India he was regarded with dislike and contempt. Once at a dinner party a snob, with the idea of humiliating him, said in a tone that everyone could hear, ‘I suppose, Mr Carey, that you once worked as a shoe-maker?’ ‘No, your lordship’ answered Carey, ‘not a shoe-maker, only a cobbler’. He did not even claim to make shoes – only to mend them” (W. Barclay, The Letters to the Corinthians, p135).
When you are focused on letting the love of Christ fill you and mould you, there will not be any place for self-importance in your make-up. You will be engrossed in ministry of some sort, both in your church, in your home and at work. You will be looking for where there are needs, opportunities, openings and outreach possibilities. Love will drive you to people who need you and who need you to bring Christ to them in some way, shape or form. Love will be prompting you to build yourself up so that you are more capable in the kind of service in which you engage. You will know that it is a privilege to serve Christ and to care for his lost sheep and wounded travellers. Try to get people and situations to reflect, not on you but on other people – and better still, on Jesus Christ. Let the love of Christ conquer your natural pride. Nothing else will.
Lord, keep me from dwelling on my own importance.