Haughty In Mind

Do not set your mind on high things…Rom 12:16

Directly after exhorting believers to be of the same mind toward one another, the apostle Paul writes, “Do not set your mind on high things” (Rom. 12:16).  To set our mind on high things simply means we are being haughty in mind. Although these two exhortations are similar, they differ, as setting our mind on high things actually pinpoints the reason why we would show partiality—and this is because when we are “haughty” we will tend to be thinking we are somehow better than another person. So being haughty is a precursor to pride and showing favoritism.  

So this particular exhortation is basically saying, do not continually think high, lofty, or elevated thoughts about yourself.  If we think in this way, we are becoming prideful and even arrogant, which will lead us to take credit for our abilities, our worth, and the source of our provisions.  It is through pride that the harmony of the body of believers is attacked and eventually destroyed.  

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)

We would be wise to remember, Scripture teaches we cannot do anything apart from God (John 15:5), and all of our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isa. 64:6).  We also need to continually remember there is no upper echelon with the Christian body—as His beloved children, we are all equal in God’s eyes.  And as such, this should impact our fellowship.  We can see Jesus addressed this very subject.   

Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid.  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:12-14 (NKJV)

To be clear here, Jesus isn’t saying we can’t have dinner with influential or wealthy people—but we shouldn’t have ulterior motives behind our dining with them, and we shouldn’t be showing them favoritism, partiality, or thinking we are somehow better because we are hanging out with them.  So it’s not wrong to invite over family, friends, influential, or wealthy people to dinner—the wrong comes when we invite them for a self-serving purpose.

I want to encourage you today. Choose to stay humble before the Lord and others you meet. Consider others better than yourself, and always be willing to serve them equally with love—knowing you are truly serving God, and your reward awaits you in heaven.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with respect to how we should be thinking about ourselves, as well as others, according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see where the enemy has tried, or is currently tempting you to feel as though you may be better than another person?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to use every gift for the glory of God, and for the edification of the body of believers.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for all provision. Thank You for the abilities You have graciously given to me. Help me to see how I might use them for the body of believers today, and to bring glory to Your name.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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