“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” – Philippians 2:3
I once heard someone say, “Pride will always be the longest distance between two people.” How is that true? Nobody wants to be around a prideful, egotistical person. If you believe the world is all about you, then you’ll quickly discover that most people don’t want to live in that world.
If you want to be like the greatest human in history, Jesus Christ, and master relationships the way He did, then you should desire to put others first. Selflessness is the exact opposite of pride. Jesus was not prideful, it was not all about Him. Jesus was far more concerned about others. He would wash His disciples’ feet before He would ask them to wash His.
As believers, Christ has a divine destiny, mission, and purpose for your life. But above all things, His priority is to mold you to be more and more like Jesus. If that is His goal, then are we being like Jesus when we act in a prideful manner?
When young people get jobs now, one of the most important things they consider is impact. They want to be paid well, but they also want to make an impact. What is making an impact? Well, depending on who you ask, you are likely to get many different answers. But in some form, they want to influence others and inspire others through their work.
This influence and inspiration does not happen when we are focused on ourselves. If you want to be like Jesus and make an impact, you must eliminate any form of pride you have. Because when you are prideful, it will hinder your relationships. And when your relationships are hindered, so is your ability to reach those around you.