Mountain Moving Monday

Monday, February 25, 2013

“…but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

Word Study: Esteem

The original meaning of esteem is taken from the Greek word HEGEOMAI, which means to consider, to account, to suppose, to have rule over, and to command.

Let’s look at the word esteem in the scripture above to see how it applies to our lives.

In sports competitions, academics, fashion, you name it, someone wants to be 1st place, top of the class, or best dressed. But when it comes to spiritual matters, Christ is head (Ephesians 1:22) and we should be placing each other higher than ourselves.

The mountain of comparison is a tough one to get over, yet through humility, God seems to have a way of making sure His children respect each other. In the verse above, Paul is encouraging believers to esteem their brothers and sisters in Christ as better than themselves. This is not to diminish your worth in Christ, but rather to demonstrate to God and to the world that we care for and put each other’s best interests before our own.

Let God see that you can humble yourself, and not be depressed, have a defeatist attitude, or be distracted by being the champion. Move mountains by esteeming others higher than yourself. You don’t have to be the best or first. Just be like Christ.

Today, you can move a mountain of conflict, by stepping aside from your high and mighty position and letting your sister lead that church committee that you see she is just as qualified for.

Today, you can move a mountain of competition, by sharing your talents with someone that is looking up to you, instead fearing they’re going to steal your thunder.

Today, you can move a mountain of complacency, by extending your heart to a friend and taking them out…your treat this time.

We esteem others better than ourselves, because the BEST has already gave it all up for us!


Father, we humble ourselves before you. We submit ourselves to you. We prostrate ourselves before you. We place our cares before you. We deem you greater than all. We call you Great I Am. We serve you as King of Kings. We love you as Lord of Lords of our lives. We esteem you higher than us. We thank you for sending the Perfect Sacrifice for us, so that we can learn to make sacrifices for others. We pray that we model our lives after Him today. Help us to step aside, so you can step in. In the gracious name of Jesus we pray, Amen.

How will you esteem others to move mountains today?

*Word definitions taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance*

The purpose of S.W.A.P. Ministries is to encourage women to live, not just exist, and learn how to be bold about sharing the gospel of Christ to others.

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