Bible Verse

Witness 009 Christian Lessons: How you view other people may be how you see yourself. — Matthew 7:1-2

Christian Bible Lesson Overview

When you meet someone for the first time, what are your initial thoughts?  Do you think about how much wealth they have?  What do you think about their work position?  Do you measure them by their appearance?  Just remember that the way you view other people is probably the way you view yourself. 

If you discover that your first impression after meeting a new person is based on wealth, position, or power, you probably measure yourself by the same measurements.  If you wish to contribute more to the needy and have a positive impact on your community, you need to have your view of others to be based on similar standards.  Many times we criticize others for behavior that is not important. 

Christian Bible Lesson for Today

Jim Brandt

When you notice that you are judging people based on possessions,  you should consider your behavior and verify that you are working toward the proper goals.

In my life, I wasted too much time trying to accumulate wealth and did not spend enough time finding a way to use some of that wealth to help other people. It is not easy to live a Christian life. It takes discipline and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of everyone.  I mentioned in my book, “Life Enhancement with Jesus” that I learned the value of playing for the team instead of my recognition.  Luckily I learned that lesson while still in high school.   I benefited from that behavior many times in later years.  It seems I always received plenty of recognition without pursuing it as a priority. 

Christian Bible Lesson Summary

Rather than seek recognition or wealth as a priority, have the discipline to work toward the benefit of everyone, and you will experience a new level of satisfaction.  If your focus is to help the entire group, you will not judge others for their wealth, position, or power.  You will be working for the benefit of everyone.  That concept helped me earn my way through college with a full football scholarship, it helped me become a Marine Corps Pilot, and it helped me be an executive with the fifth-largest bank in the United States.   Everyone can benefit from working for the team, not their recognition. 

Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.