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"WE" more important than "ME"
by Pastor Chris Monroe

"WE" MORE IMPORTANT THAN "ME"

The idea that anything should be considered more important than oneself is a notion that flies in the face of our culture's rugged individualism.  For decade after decade after decade, the underlying message has been relentless:

"To thine own self be true"

"To each his/her own"

"Looking out for number one"

"Whatever floats your boat"

"Be your own person"

"It's all good"

"Everyone's entitled to their own opinion"

"What-ever"

 

Against our culture's over-emphasis on "ME is the wisdom of scripture:

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly that you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." (Romans 12:3 TNIV)

"Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave..." (Philippians 2:4-7 NRSV)

 

The Bible repeatedly emphasizes that our Christian faith is a corporate faith and not merely an individualistic one.  That's why we read:

"Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.  They broke bread in their homes and ate togetherwith glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." (Acts 2:46-47 TNIV)

"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near." (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT-SE)

Let us therefore strengthen our commitment to one another so that our faith and our lives are more about "WE" than "ME."

 

-Pastor Chris