The other car pulled into the right lane and pressed the car in front of it to get over ahead of the mini-van before they reached the traffic light. The right lane had to turn right. The mini-van did not want to yield, but finally succumed to avoid an accident. When the light changed, the Toyota Prias sped away. As the mini-van approached the next light, he noticed the Prias in the left turn lane. Driving past the stopped car, he turned and smiled at the driver that was in such a hurry, he almost caused an intentional accident. This story is repeated every minute or more in Springfield.
Logically this kind of behaviour makes no sense. The few seconds that are saved by dangerous driving usually are lost at a stop light. Even Christians act this way. What it shows about the driver is often lost to those who push their way through traffic. Jesus tells His followers that to be great in the kingdom of God, they must be a servant to others. Being a servant requires putting others ahead of ourselves.
Look out for number one. That is the philosophy of many, including Christians. Look out for others before myself. That is the philosophy of Christ. The question a couple of weeks ago was, what determines if someone is a Christian? The easy answer is to act like Christ. Christian means “little Christ”. To be a true “little Christ” we have to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We cannot pick out the teachings that we want to follow and ignore the others. That is not being a true “little Christ”.
Actions speak louder than words is a proverb most of us know. As Christians we must consider what our actions say about our spiritual maturity. Does my driving and other actions show I place others before me or does my driving and other actions tell others I think I am more important than they are? What would Jesus do?