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Do Not Set Your Mind On High Things

Do Not Set Your Mind On High Things
25-Ways to Honor God-Number 19

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (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 6th of our "Duties to All People" as Christian men and women. These are our duties to "All People," including every Christian believer, or non-believer that we come in contact with.  And that 6th duty is also our 19th way to honor God.

19.    "Do not set your mind on high things" (Rom 12:16b)

To not "Set your mind on high things," means that we are "Not to be haughty in mind."  This is similar to the last duty where we were commanded to "Be of the same mind toward one another," but this one varies slightly, as it really pinpoints the reason why we would show partiality - and that is because when we are "Haughty," we will tend to be thinking that we are somehow better than another person.  So being haughty is a precursor to pride and showing favoritism.  

 "Haughty in Mind" translates to hupsela hoop-say-la phronountes  fro-noun´-tes

It means, "High In Character" or "Lofty"

What this is saying is, "Do not continually think high, lofty or elevated thoughts about your self."  If we think in this way, we are becoming "Prideful" and even "Arrogant" which will lead us to take credit for our own 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.  Remember what Jesus said:

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  John 15:5 (NKJV)

We need to remember that we cannot do anything without God, and that anything we do apart from God is dead works.  We also need to continually remember that there is no upper echelon with the Christian body - we are all equal in God's eyes, as we are all His Children once we have accepted His Son as Lord and Savior.  

In a previous study on our duties of Hospitality, we read what Jesus said about this as well:

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)

Again, we need to remember that Jesus wasn't saying that we couldn't have dinner with influential or wealthy people - but that we shouldn't have ulterior motives behind our dinning with them - showing them favoritism and partiality or thinking somehow that 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 to stay humble before the Lord and others you meet.  Consider others better than yourself, and be willing to serve them all in equality and love - knowing that you are truly serving God, and that 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: Are you acknowledging that every good thing you possess, whether it is a talent or a physical possession is from God?  Are you using it to glorify God or yourself?

APPLICATION:  Use every gift for the glory of God and the edification of the body of believers.

Father, Thank You for all provision.  Thank You for the abilities that 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

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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