3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. – Romans 12:3-5
When we realize God’s mercy and grace for us it not only causes us to worship Him, but it completely changes how we see ourselves and our relationships with others. We no longer treat people based on what they can offer us, but rather we put them above ourselves. Just take a moment and think about the humility of Christ: not only did He love us when we had nothing to offer Him, but He died for us when we rejected Him.
We tend to believe the lie that humility means lacking confidence. In my opinion, the most confident person is the humblest. Their confidence doesn’t come from the mirror, but comes from a place of belonging to Christ and His body. They don’t try to cover their insecurities with pride, but they trust that their insecurities were covered by Christ’s blood.
We belong to Christ and to the body of Christ. Our confidence is found in the truth that Jesus purchased us on the cross and we belong to Him now. But also let me ask you this: Are you making your teammates, especially those with you in Christ, feel like they belong? If confidence is a bi-product of belonging, then imagine if your locker room was full of players belonging to one another. May I challenge you to treat even those teammates you don’t like the way Christ treated you.
- Meditate on the humility of Jesus and the price He paid for you.
- Ask God to fill you with humility and to help you trust that you belong to Him.
- Pray that you would treat your teammates the way Christ treats you.