The other day my husband and I were talking about some celebrity and he said they thought they were “all that and a bag of chips!”. We laughed and shook our heads.
Afterward though, I began to think that we are all guilty of that attitude at times. Thinking we are better or more than we really are, or desiring people to think so.
I know I am. Of course with me it’s, “all that and a Toblerone bar!”
Frequently I slip into the habit of comparing myself to others and seeing how I measure up….or fail to. Then I begin to stress over why so and so doesn’t like me or why I didn’t get chosen for a certain role. After all, “I’m a good person.”, “I”m nice.” “I could do that.”.
What does Christ say about it though? How does He say I am to think about myself in regard to others?
“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4 NIV
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the meausure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1 NIV
Then Paul tells us,
Phew! That’s a tall order! Totally contrary to my Toblerone bar thinking! I desire to have people think I am so much more than I am; a sinner saved by grace.
When I spend time with the Lord, reading His Word, praying (talking with Him) and examine my heart, this is what I find; when measured against the Holy, limitless God, I am but a filthy rag.
“But God….” sent his son to die for my sin because He desires a relationship with me. Seriously!? What was He thinking?!? I am less than a flea on a dog compared to Him! Yet Christ stretches out His nail-scarred hands and says, “Come.”
You see, I can’t be the person in Phillipians 2 on my own. No matter how hard I try, I will always fail. But, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can learn and slowly get better at it. Then maybe, someday, I will be, “all that and a “mini” Toblerone bar!”