Proper Self-concept

1111Matthew 20:21 and Mark 10:37 record the request of James and John to have seats of honor in the kingdom. They wanted to be at the right and left hand of Jesus in His glory. Before we get too hard on them – that can be a pretty common attitude among Christians. How often do we think we should have some honor or recognition for something that we have been able to accomplish? Let’s look at some verses that should help us to have the proper self-concept. Romans 12 exhorts us to think correctly about ourselves. …not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, Romans 12:3b.  Proverbs 25:6 & 7 deal with how we ought to choose seating when in the presence of kings and great men. Take that lower seat; for it is better to be asked to “come up hither” than to be removed from that seat of honor that you have chosen for yourself. We can find a solution to this problem in Philippians 2 and Proverbs 27. Philippians 2:5 – let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus – if we have the mind of Christ our thoughts will not be on ourselves. Proverbs 27:2 – let another man praise thee and not thine own mouth. The Apostle Paul had the most accurate self-concept – in I Timothy he declares himself chief of sinners. We are all sinners and with that proper self-concept any honor or praise will go to our Savior.


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