Genesis 13:8-13: You first

“8 So Abram said to Lot, ‘Let’s not have any quarrelling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.’  10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan towards Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out towards the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” NIV

It’s been said that the secret of JOY is:

Jesus first;

Others second;

Yourself last.

It is encouraging to know that following a major failure people can bounce back. When Abram was in Egypt he acted selfishly, putting his own welfare before Sarai’s. But now we see a different man. He puts Lot before himself. ‘’Lot chose for himself…’’ (11). But that is exactly what Abram did not do. He honoured Lot above himself (Romans 12:10). He exhibited the spirit of Philippians 2:3, 4, long before these wonderful words were written by the apostle Paul:

‘’Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.’’

 But won’t living this way make me a door mat? Will people just walk all over me? Didn’t Abram lose out by exhibiting such a humble, unselfish attitude?

No, he did not. Stay tuned and you’ll see.

PRAYER: Lord give me the grace to live humbly before men, and to trust you with the outcome.