Your ego is a wall you build between you and God.
Let me explain.
Ego is an inflated sense of self; a disproportionate love of self; and a me-first approach to life which reeks of superiority.
By focusing on how great you think YOU are, you neglect how great God is, and how other people are also his children.
The antidote is humility.
Philippians 2:3-4 says: “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 his book Blind Spots, Collin Hansen suggests a question for each of us to ask ourselves: “Can you love a fellow Christian who sins differently than you do?”*
He’s not condoning sin—in others or in ourselves. The question simply reminds us (a) that we are to love one another, (b) that each of us sin, even when our ego tries to blindfold us to that fact, and (c) that our own sinfulness should compel humility and love, and not pride and judgmentalism.
No one’s perfect. Including you.
“Can you love a fellow Christian who sins differently than you do?”
By Matthew Ruttan
–I’m a part of FabFeb with Fight4Freedom this month (hence the red bow tie you see me wearing), raising awareness and funds to fight human trafficking in the sex trade. Click here to learn more about the campaign or to donate.
–Ever wonder what the word “Fellowship” means in the New Testament? One thing’s for sure. It’s much more than the watered-down version it’s often thought to be. Click here to listen to my latest sermon about this. It’s called “Proactive Partnership” and is Part 1 in the “Mature” series.
–*Collin Hansen, Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), 29.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.