When children play, they love to find out who is the best at jumping, say, or running. Their competitions may be harmless and something they eventually grow out of. But as adults we can still sometimes play our own little games, when we feel threatened by someone else’s gifts or abilities. Paul here reminds us that if we are to avoid behaving like this we need to walk by the Holy Spirit and crucify our sinful pride.
Today make sure you express your appreciation of somebody else’s gifts and abilities.
If you want to reflect further, see how the leaders of the early church welcomed and included the outsider Paul in Gal 2:8-10.