So many of us spend a lot of time either lifting ourselves up beyond where we belong, or casting ourselves down below where we are. We get get caught between thinking too much or oursevles or too little. The trick is to just see ourselves in the light of scripture and be blessed!
We discussed this just the other day. We forget sometimes when we look to much at each other, or ourselves, we have taken our eyes off of Him. We forget that even if I am a toenail in the body of Christ, I am in the Body of Christ! I am His! He is mine! I have absolute certainty that I am born again, because I have been grafted onto the vine, made a part of Him that saved me!!
"But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it."
(1 Corinthians 12:18-27 NLT)
What is the thought then? Take care of each other. To lift another up, lifts you up.
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." (Philippians 2:3-4 ESV)