For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought… (Romans 12:3).
“Yes, but I deserve…”
I can’t tell you how many times those words, or at least that spirit, has flashed through my mind when I had the opportunity to help/serve/love someone. If it’s going to take any sacrifice on my part, my brain immediately jumps to reasons that I shouldn’t have to do it, why I deserve better…or at least why I deserve recognition for my noble sacrifice.
And then, if I’m lucky, I remember.
It’s not about me.
This verse comes right after Paul’s urging to offer ourselves, “As living sacrifices,” and to be, “Transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The thread here seems to be that if we belong to God and he is truly at work in us, we will be able to see ourselves as we really are, with eyes that are unclouded by pride and self.
In those moments, when God allows me to see myself as I really am, I dare not utter the words, “I deserve…”
Because I know what I deserve…and it ain’t recognition for my noble sacrifice.
Take a good look at yourself today, Beloved. You don’t deserve much, and yet you are worth everything.
And so is that person God is calling you to serve.