In high school, I went out for track and field. We had two guys who always won the mile and the two mile; I don't remember any runner from another school being close enough to be competition for either guy. So, the coach decided to put them in the mile together so they could push each other so one of them would set a new school record in the mile. We were wondering which one would be the best.
In the race they took off together, then one would be a little ahead of the other and then the other would move just a little ahead. Were they taking turns breaking the wind for each other?? They did not seem to be pushing hard against each other, I thought. Then they got near the finish line; again . . . they did not seem in much trouble trying to beat each other, like ones in a close race usually could be straining. And . . . they got up to the yarn and their chests touched it, at the same time . . . a tie for first place!! Ones were saying, no way . . . they did that on purpose. And the other team's runners were way behind. I looked at the coach; he stood there with no look on his face, and I never heard him say anything about it, but he never put them in the same race again.
A tie for first place . . . I could see they felt they were brothers, on the same team, not interested in being better than each other. In our race as Christians, we are family, not trying to better than each other; we are interested in making sure that every one of us in the Body of Christ is in one big tie for first place (c: "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians 3:15) So, we are "in one body" in the ruling of God's own peace in all of us, with God coordinating what we all are doing, at His own level of intelligence and knowledge and creativity! (c:
And it says to be relating "with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:2-3) So, we always are trying to stay together with each other, by staying in how God rules us in His own peace. But it says "with longsuffering"; so yes there are times each of us can be wrong, but God says be strong in longsuffering (c: and be trusting God to have us doing better.
Jesus who was perfect and sinless actually left Heaven itself in order to reach us and be with us and share His own with us. So, Jesus who is so superior is not conceited, at all, I would say. This is what "all lowliness" has to do with, I would say > how we are not judging about who is good enough for us to love and to get our attention. Jesus on the cross made our sins His problem; we can love others as ourselves, by making their sins our problem, in caring prayer for them, having hope for all that is possible with God for any person, just as we have hope for our own selves > "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
And "all lowliness" includes being humble - - - being submissive to God, for how God has us sharing with Him and relating with one another . . . the way You have us "submitting to one another in the fear of God." (Ephesians 5:21) < with mutual submitting, not anyone doing all the controlling etc. but leading by feeding love's example > "nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3)
An example shows what is for everyone, not only for certain super-spiritual heros. Jesus Himself is our example of how our Father wants all of us to be blessed in His love > "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:2) So, this is basic, how we are blessed in God's love "in our hearts" (Romans 5:5); this is what God's love is doing. This brings true equality, our "tie for first place" (c:
Jesus on the cross was loving us as Himself, then, desiring for us to have all that He has > His prayer shows this, I think > Jesus prayed, "'And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.'" (John 17:22-23) So, Jesus wants this unity . . . this equality . . . that we share His own glory with Him and that our Father loves us as He has loved Jesus!
Now, I hear what you may be thinking . . . how we no way can be equal to Jesus. But He Himself has claimed this in prayer . . . what You, God our Father know this means and is possible with You. It is better than we can understand, now. So, glory to You in the highest, and may we be submissive to You and how You correct and heal and cure us in Your love making us one the way Jesus in His prayer has claimed and guaranteed according to His faith. Halleluiah, amen ! ! ! (c: