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Giving Preference To One Another
11/5/2009

Giving Preference To One Another
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 5

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom,  And before honor is humility. Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities for every Christian. We find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.  

Today we will be looking at the second of our "Family duties" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to every Christian believer that we come in contact with.  And that second duty is also our 5th way to honor God. 

5.    "In honor giving preference to one another;" (Rom 12v. 10)

This next duty is actually a derivative of the last one - because if we are truly devoted to one another in Brotherly love, then we will have no problem respectfully giving preference to one another as a result.  When we give preference to another believer, we are actually honoring them.  But when we do this we are to do it with total humility and in genuine love.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

When we honor another believer by giving preference to them, we are giving them recognition and we are showing our appreciation to them.  Again, just as in the case of Brotherly love, we don't do this because of some sort of physical attraction, or usefulness that they may serve to us - but instead it is based on the fact that "Every" Christian has Christ in His or Her heart, and they are a part of your body.

When we give preference to another believer in honor, we are not diminishing God's transforming work in our own life, but rather we are simply following Jesus' example of walking in such a humble manor.  For even though Jesus, was in very nature God, He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.  And even though He rightfully possessed equality with the Father, He resolved not to cling to it. 

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, Philippians 2:4-6 (NKJV)

And that's the way it should be with our fellow believers and us.  We have equality with them through our relationship with Christ - it is His blood that has allowed us to be innocent before a righteous judge - and yet each of us can lay no claim to being closer to God because of something we have done.  So, like Jesus, in honor, we should give preference to the other.  I like the way 1 Peter instructs us, because I think it gives us even greater detail to how we are to live before other believers.

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 1Peter 5:5 (NKJV)

Notice that we are instructed to "Clothe" ourselves.  This word, "Clothe" is a rare word, and it is referring to a slave who puts on their apron before they serve others.  So we are to imitate Jesus, who girded Himself and served, and who one day will come back to claim His bride - the church.  When He finds them girded themselves and serving others, He will again gird Himself, and serve us.  Now that's giving preference to another in honor.

Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.  Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. Luke 12:35-37 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, let's gird ourselves today and serve those around us - Let's be ready for Christ's return.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures with regard to giving preference to one another, and serving them in the way that Jesus did?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking for opportunities to serve others, or for them to serve you?

APPLICATION: Ask God to bring you opportunities to serve others today, and when you serve them, do it as unto God, and not as unto man.

Father, Thank You for being such an example to us.  Thank You Jesus for coming and serving us in love and compassion.  Father, continue to change my heart to be more like Your Son.  Help me to see the opportunities today, and to not fall for the temptation to say no because I feel that I am too busy.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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