Daily Reflections

Outdo One Another

May 5, 2024 Erin Davis

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. —Romans 12:10 ESV

No one has to teach our flesh the basics of one-upmanship. In our sinful, human state we naturally know how to look out for number one. Yet following Christ means learning to walk in the spirit instead (Gal. 5:16).

This often means radical changes in our inter- actions with one another. Instead of outdoing each other in the areas of success, power, wealth, and authority, the Bible invites us into a different kind of competition.

This is the upside down, inside out way that Christ introduced when He said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave” (Matt. 20:26–27).

“Winners” in the kingdom get to the place of victory by celebrating the “one anothers” all around them. We’ll never outdo one another in showing honor if our eyes are fixed on ourselves or even on those around us. We must look to our forerunner, Jesus, who humbly honored others with His service and sacrifice even as the King of Kings.


Living Out the One Anothers of Scripture: A 30-Day Devotional ©2020 Revive Our Hearts

Scripture taken from The ESV

Make it Personal

What does it mean to “honor” others? What are three practical ways you can show honor to others around you today?