Today’s Scripture: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

A man was tired of being bossed around by his wife, so he went to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said he needed to build his self-esteem and gave him a book on assertiveness, which he read on the way home.

The man stormed into the house and walked up to his wife. Pointing a finger in her face, he said, “From now on, I want you to know that I am the man of this house, and my word is law! I want you to prepare me a gourmet meal tonight, and when I’m finished eating my meal, I expect a sumptuous dessert afterward. Then, after dinner, you’re going to draw me my bath so I can relax. And, when I’m finished with my bath, guess who’s going to dress me and comb my hair?”

“The funeral director,” his wife replied.

In this world, we hear a lot about people with what is termed “low self-esteem”. We are told that if we don’t have a high view of ourselves, then everything in our lives will suffer.

Yet, Christianity goes directly counterculture to this notion. God doesn’t say to love ourselves; He knows we do that naturally. Ephesians 5:29 states, “For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.”

The problem isn’t a lack of self-love but rather an excess of it. The key to happiness isn’t focusing on self, but rather focusing on others. Our Lord came to this earth not to be ministered to but to minister to others. Commit today to focus on others . . . not on yourself.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder