“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits” (Romans 12:16).
In today’s text, we are instructed to be willing to associate with people of low degree. Have you seen people who are not respectful to some elderly people simply because they are poor? It’s a carnal culture to greet younger people ‘properly’ because they are rich and disregard older people who work at your office as cleaners or security guards.
Today’s instruction is straightforward. It says we should not be conceited. It says we should ‘mind not high things but condescend.’ The bible says: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?” (James 2:5).
You might come across a few people who are poor in this world but they believe in Jesus. Such persons are family to you! Come down from your high horse. Be kind. Paul says: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:5). If the Lord could show such humility on our behalf, then who are we not to be humble?