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Putting Others First

09-19-2021We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 46, No. 3

How often have you heard that you should always put yourself first? “Look out for Number One!” the saying goes. Not even Jesus’ closest friends totally rejected this principle. Not long after being told that they must deny themselves and take up their crosses, they argued over who was the greatest. James nailed the reason for their argument in his letter: “jealousy and selfish ambition” (James 3:16). Jealousy of others— turning them into rivals—and selfish ambition—creating envy of what you don’t have—cause discord and unhappiness, for not even those who come out on top are truly satisfied with what they have. Disagreements build to conflicts and conflicts build to wars in order to obtain more or protect what you already have. Life becomes a competition. The just and gentle one is attacked, for he stands in absolute contradiction to jealousy and ambition. Jesus uses the example of a child as a model, but he could have used anyone who has no power and no wealth and is totally dependent on others. These are the poor in spirit, whom Jesus calls blessed. Not preoccupied by selfish ambitions, they act selflessly, putting others first and taking up their crosses. This is what our Lord calls us all to do . This is the kind of person we are called to be.

When do you put yourself first? How will you put others before yourself?

Poniendo a los demás Primero

Con qué frecuenia has escuchado que siempre debes ponerte a ti mismo en primer lugar? “¡Cuidado con el Primero!” dice el dicho. Ni siquiera los amigos más cercanos de Jesús rechazaron totalmente este principio. No mucho después de que les dijeran que debían negarse a sí mismos y tomar sus cruces, discutieron sobre quién era el más grande. Santiago clavó la razón de su argumento en su carta: “celos y ambición egoísta” (Santiago 3:16). Los celos de los demás, convirtiéndolos en rivales, y la ambición egoísta, creando envidia de lo que no tienes, causan discordia e infelicidad, porque ni siquiera aquellos que salen en la cima están realmente satisfechos con lo que tienen. Los desacuerdos se convierten en conflictos y los conflictos se convierten en guerras para obtener más o proteger lo que ya tienes. La vida se convierte en una competencia. El justo y amable es atacado, porque está en absoluta contradicción con los celos y la ambición. Jesús usa el ejemplo de un niño como modelo, pero podría haber usado a cualquiera que no tenga poder ni riqueza y sea totalmente dependiente de los demás. Estos son los pobres de espíritu, a quienes Jesús llama bienaventurados. No preocupados por ambiciones egoístas, actúan desinteresadamente, poniendo a los demás primero y tomando sus cruces. Esto es lo que nuestro Señor nos llama a todos a hacer. Este es el tipo de persona que estamos llamados a ser.

¿Cuándo te pones a ti mismo primero? ¿Cómo pondrás a los demás antes que a ti mismo?


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