In Proverbs 23:7, the wise King Solomon said: ”For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”. This is a very vital statement aimed at moderating how we think. And from a general point of view, our thoughts are like seeds, good and bad; which produce crops after their kind and they determine who we are at any point in time. For instance, if we harbour angry thoughts in our minds every time, then we will be angry every time. But if we think of peace continuously then, our lives will be awash with it. Besides, if we devote too much time to thinking how unwell we are then, we may never enjoy first-class health etc. It is therefore clear from above, that it pays to think highly of ourselves at all times.
But we must be careful not to think more highly of (or over-rate) ourselves otherwise, we shall be guilty of flouting Apostle Paul’s counsel that goes thus: ”For I say … to everyone…not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think…” (Romans 12:3). Doing otherwise amounts to pride which God resists (James 4:6) and punishes sternly.
The Devil, once a model of perfection (Ezekiel 28:12), is an example of someone who out of utter pride, thought more highly of himself and resolved to mirror God. He said ”I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:14). And due to his daring but unwise ambition, God cast him out of Heaven to face ignominy, belittling, irrelevance and calamitous ending on earth (Ezekiel 28:17-19).
So, how does the Devil’s plight affect us? Well, it affects us because, if God could deal mercilessly with him, His priceless Angel (Ezekiel 28:11-15) then, He won’t bat an eyelid to deal with us mercilessly as well if we think more highly of ourselves. May this never be our portion in Jesus name. Amen.
On the other hand is Jesus Christ, who has every right to think more highly of Himself but never did (Philippians 2:5-7). Consequently, God catapulted Him well above everyone and everything everywhere. Apostle Paul confirmed this fact as follows: 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).
We can also receive mind-blowing rewards from God if we comport ourselves sensibly like Jesus. Please remember that He (God) does not promote favouritism in His dealings with humanity (Galatians 2:6, Deuteronomy 10:17).
In conclusion, whilst it is okay to think highly of ourselves as being prosperous, influential, adorable, healthy, happy, educated etc., it is grossly unacceptable and excessively risky to think more highly of ourselves. We have a well-defined choice before us here, please let us choose wisely; let us choose not to think more highly of ourselves at any time! May our choice be pleasing to God and may He reward us in full as well in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!