Work and Equality

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philipians 2 v 3-4

Yesterday we looked at the first 2 verses of the chapter and we learned that God sees unity in Christ and purpose as being key to working towards a common goal as it leads to putting aside of selfish ambition. Also on Sunday we heard about valuing everyone the same because our price tags are the same. This is also against the world’s way of thinking; we are taught from as early as pre-school of group leaders, class monitors, prefects and headboys. These labels grow into manager and CEO later in life and though order and leadership are crucial for society to function well, we must not value those individuals more than we value stragglers and the less resourced physically or financially.

The gospel is the great leveller as it calls everyone a sinner before being born again and a saint afterwards. Today begin to see yourself as being equal to everyone around you. Greet your boss with the same fervency as you would the guard that clamps your car. Seeing yourself that way will either humble or elevate you to the correct view of yourself. After all, we have the same price tag, the blood of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see those around me as you see them and help me treat them the way they deserve to be treated. Thank you for purchasing me with your blood.

Guest post by Keith Maphosa