The text for today discussed the quality of humility and in the comments stated this: If we are truly humble before God we will refrain from estimating ourselves above other humans.
This thought of estimating caught my attention and I immediately thought of those professionals who are used to assess something and provide an assessment or an estimation of the value, or lack there of, in something. From my experience not just anyone can preform a proper assessment and it isn’t uncommon for an assessment to have been done that is in error. The purpose is to understand the reality of something.
For example, in regards to a car that has been involved in an accident, the insurance company will assign a repair shop that is proficient in carefully examining a vehicle and assessing the actual amount of damage done and what exactly is required to repair it to a condition as closely as possible as it was in prior to the accident. At times the assessment reveals that the vehicle is a total loss and not worth the expense and labor of repairs. Other times the assessment show that the amount of repairs required are far less then they appear to the untrained eye. In both cases the assessment is only as good as the one making the assessment.
Because we are imperfect we are inclined to think and behave in a fleshly way and a characteristic of this is in making comparisons between us and others – I’m better then him or I could never be as good as her, and so on. It is this type of comparison or assessment that can get us into trouble. Depending on our perspective, our assessment can make us feel good about ourselves, at the cost of looking down on someone else, or make us feel bad since we’re viewing someone else as so far better than us. However The text and WT comments were emphasising the need to: Do nothing out of contentiousness or out of egotism, but with humility consider others superior to you.
This is interesting because in considering others superior to you, we have the tendency to ‘compare’ the other with ourselves and than struggle to view either them or ourselves in the correct way. But what did the scripture say to do? Are we told to compare? No, but instead to consider or think of. While a child might be encouraged to think about the position he hold in the family with regards the parent, would it be beneficial to compare his place with his parent? Not really, What he needs to consider or think about is his place and how he can maintain the correct assessment or estimation of him self so that he doesn’t view himself as an equal to his parent. He is commanded to be obedient to his father, yet if the child has the wrong assessment of himself and his father, the child will struggle with this, wondering why do I need to listen, let alone obey this ‘guy’, and the aspect of respect is lost.
This can be extremely challenging, especially when we look at someone who is younger or far les experienced or less knowledgeable or less whatever is important to us. We can look at a person, or even a group or class of people and kid ourselves into thinking that they are the exception – while I view everyone else as superior, this person or this group of people are the exception as they as so undeserving or redneck or stupid or whatever. Jehovah didn’t place any conditions on this, he merely said to ‘consider others superior to you. In doing this, though, we need to remember the purpose for this… To help us achieve an accurate assessment of no one else but ourselves in connection with our God. To help us reflect the quality of humility.
So stop comparing, stop it! View others as superior with the goal of maintaining and displaying the quality of humility, a quality Jehovah loves.