'Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.' Philippians 2:5 GWT
Achievers: Achievers love to overcome challenges. They're motivated to grow, stretch and learn. They always want to reach the next level and aim high. They inspire and move people to action.
This all sounds great. But without a chance to develop and shine they can often lose their motivation. When John the Baptist said about Jesus, 'He must increase, but I must decrease' (John 3:30 NKJV), he demonstrated the kind of surrender that can be difficult for Achievers. They have the ability and ambition to accomplish great things and improve other people's lives, but can become proud of their achievements and enjoy the admiration of others when they succeed. Sometimes they can turn what looks like serving God into serving themselves. For many of them, 'the sin that so easily trips us up' (Hebrews 12:1 NLT) is pride. Achievers shouldn't need to try to achieve recognition or earn God's approval - they already have it.
God's Kingdom isn't about who's best or who's done the most - it's about our hearts and our love for God and others. Paul says: 'Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves...not looking to your own interests but...the interests of the others... have the same mindset as Christ Jesus' (Philippians 2:3-5 NIV).
So what now? If you're an Achiever, memorise Philippians 2:3-5 and repeat it to yourself when you feel pride creeping into your life. If you're not, pray for Achievers to consider others as they aim for the top.
Soulfood: Ezra 6-8, John 6:52-71, Ps 114, Pro 24:23-25