April 25, 2020

Outdo Others

Posted By Jessica Taylor

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In Romans 12, Paul wrote that our lives and minds are to be transformed and our actions show sincere love. Here’s one command that spoke to me: “Honor one another above yourselves” (verse 10).

Now, what does that verse mean to you? In this day and age, we don’t talk much about honoring others, unless we’re honoring a hero or veterans or people who have given all the years of their lives to some kind of service. We do honor those people.

But I think Paul was talking about something most people do not do on a daily basis. Here are some other ways that statement has been translated:

  • Give preference to one another in honor (NASB)
  • Excel at showing respect for each other (ISV)
  • Outdo one another in showing honor (ESV)
  • Take delight in honoring each other (NLT)

I especially like, “Outdo one another in showing honor.” What a goal! What would happen if you went about your days trying to outdo others in showing respect and in treating others with dignity? I’ll guarantee that it would make everyone’s day a whole lot better.

Go through life looking for opportunities to show respect to others. I know, that goes against the attitudes of today that say it’s a dog-eat-dog world and everyone just has to scramble to get as much as they can for themselves. But as a follower of Christ’s way, why not exhibit His love? Show a love that loves unconditionally; that doesn’t keep score of wrongs; that is patient and kind and rejoices in what is right. Bless the people you come into contact with. That’s really what your mission is all about.

Outdo others in showing honor. As you do that, you will be a sweet aroma as you present Jesus Christ to the world around you.


Pit Stop Point to Ponder

Jesus said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave” (Matthew 20:25-27, NLT).