“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves.”- Philippians 2:3
We like recognition. We want to be acknowledged for a job well done, for landing the big client, or for anything else. Nothing is wrong with recognition, but there is danger when it becomes all encompassing and that is all we seek. It transforms us, and to much of it can make us conceited and start to look down at others as inferior. The church is not immune to all this. We must remember to look to the ultimate example of humility, Jesus Christ, and follow his example.
Being self-seeking and vain will eventually destroy the unity of the church. As Christians we must remember that we should be seeking the approval of God, and not men. This does not mean that we should not listen to criticism. We must be corrected be our brothers and sisters if we are in need of correction. Leave conceit at the door. This will help us grow in many ways. Lastly we must maintain the Christlike spirit of humility. Put the needs of others ahead of the needs of your own.Check your conceit at the door, seek to do the will of God, and seek to have the same humility of Christ. This humility and servanthood will speak volumes to unbelievers who are looking at you and your church.