DayBreaks for 4/03/14 – How’s Your Messiah Complex?

DayBreaks for 4/03/14 – How’s Your Messiah Complex?

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 5/12/04:

When psychiatrists or psychologists speak of someone having a Messiah complex, they mean that the person has a grandiose view of themselves – something supernatural, that they are divine in some sense, and that they are the one that everyone has been waiting for.  Some of them believe that they will also be martyred for their cause, and will encourage others to give up their lives as a result – a test of their loyalty to this person with the Messiah complex.  Sadly, there are many in our mental institutions who have such complexes – and some who have the problem, but who aren’t inside an institution.  We tend to think of a Messiah complex as being bad – and in the sense that society speaks of it, it is.

But, there is a Messiah complex that we should have – and Paul described it in Philippians 2:3-8: Philip. 2:3-8 (NLT)  – Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.  Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.  Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.  He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.  And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

So – how is your Messiah complex?  Do you have the same mind as he did: not selfish, not worried about trying to impress people, truly believing that others are more important and better than you?  Or, are you focused on your own affairs to the exclusion of others?  Is your attitude like his – an attitude of self-sacrifice, of being the servant of all rather than the leader/ruler/power figure?  And while we’re at it, are you dying each day through your service?

We SHOULD have this kind of a Messiah complex.  If you don’t, it’s time to get started!  This kind of Messiah complex is at the very core of the Christian life.   

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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