Do you demand that others call you by your title?
Or do you hold loosely to your position?
Jesus did. He did not see equality with God as something to be grasped, Paul said in in his letter to the Philippians. Instead, Jesus humbled himself. He became a servant.
But that’s just Jesus. Right?
It’s okay for you to demand respect. Right?
After all, you’ve earned it. Right?
After all, you deserve it. Right?
This is not to say there is not a time and place for giving honor to whom honor is due. It is simply to say that there is never to be a place for haughty title trumping attitudes among followers of Christ. You might deserve honor. You should never demand it.
Just a friendly reminder to myself and others this morning – have the same mindset as Jesus:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 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. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”