But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
Here’s a news flash for our rights-obsessed American culture – rights must be rooted in an objective law that transcends individuals, ethnic groups, nations, and civilizations. Without an objective standard that transcends us all, we are left with roughly 330 million opinions.
The Bible tells us many things, not the least of which is not to think too highly of ourselves. I think a primary reason why we have so many aggrieved people in America today is pride. People do in fact think way too highly of themselves. That’s to be expected though when a theology of self-esteem rules the day.
When we become haughty we can miss out on what God wants to do in us and through us, thinking that a task is below us. How many people have you heard say they wanted to help around the church until they found out that the help needed was cleaning the restrooms or working in the nursery. I actually had a man tell me once that he didn’t want to do something because it wasn’t worth his time. This was a man who aspired to be a “leader.” He didn’t last very long at our church because he had no idea what a servant leader looked like.
The apostle John tells us that the primary right Christians must consider is the right to be called God’s children. When Christians make this right their focus, then pride evaporates and in its place arises a sense of humbleness and eagerness to serve our great God in any way He sees fit.
Friends that is a transforming truth.