We are born innocent and reliant upon others. As we grow we learn to do things for ourselves. We also learn that we want our way and defiance begins to grow. Others work with us to mold the ‘me’ mentality into more of a ‘we’ mentality. We will always have a little bit of the defiant ‘me’ attitude in us…that is part of our natural being. Protect numero uno, get what I can get, and take care of things so that I look good.
The truth is though, the more the me first attitude shows to others, the less they want anything to do with us. We are made to have family and friends and without those we will never know true fulfillment and joy. A recluse is happy to be alone…but there is a whole in their being that only kinship can cure. Our ‘me’ first nature must be subdued and disciplined for us to continue growing and learning. I always say, “that the day I quit learning is the day I no longer live”.
God’s word tells us…
“The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12 NLT
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 NLT
So as Christians we must throw away ME and work towards WE. As we meet together we should listen and learn from each other in humbleness, remembering that God reveals himself and His word to each of us differently. We are all on the same road but we are not at the same mile marker…those with more experience in this or that matter should humbly share their knowledge to build up the body. As we share with each other we grow not only in our walk but in Christian fellowship with bonds that allow us to go to battle side by side and arm in arm against our foe.
It is easy to divide a group of people not connected but if their arms are linked the division is much harder to accomplish. Growing together in God’s word creates these interlocked spiritual arms with which we hold up and onto each other.
In nature we can see this type of protection with cattle. The more experienced older animals will create a circle with their faces out towards a predator while the younger and weaker animals get in the center. A few of the stronger animals may even stay between a predator and herd walking around the group showing their strength. They know that a lone cow is easy prey and there is strength in numbers.
May we be vigilant in making sure that WE grow together making a mighty army for our Lord. Remember a lone warrior can be picked off much easier than a group of warriors.