I was on the island of Grenada recently, and I observed the traffic. There is a lot more traffic on the main island of Grenada than on our little island of Carricaou. The traffic flowed smoothly. The vehicles went around the roundabouts and turned into their desired roads with no horns blowing [at least none that I remember]. People walked in the pedestrian lanes, and all the vehicles behind waited quietly until the first car moved.
A verse came to my mind: “and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” Ephesians 5:21. “Be subject” has the idea of making a way for the other person to go ahead of you.
Philippians 2:3 helps us to know the attitude that we need to have in order to let others ahead of us. “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves” Humility is the attitude that makes it possible to let another person be first.
A virtue that needs to be guiding us is found in Galatians 5:13. “ For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Love should be the underlying virtue that makes this humility possible.
The purpose that we should have for allowing others to be ahead of us is revealed in Romans 12:10-11. “ Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” This humility, these demonstrations of love, this letting others going first is a service to God! I think that remembering this can be a great help to us so that we are willing to let others be first, so that we are ready to serve others.
The drivers I observed were probably giving way to others in order to prevent accidents. Accidents are more likely to happen when a driver decides that he wants to get somewhere first and he drives without considering other drivers. Many frictions in our personal relationships are caused by our wanting to be first, our preferring our own ways instead of others. When we remember that letting another person go first, rejoicing in another’s success, serving someone else instead of ourselves is a means of serving God, we should be able to do it more easily and joyfully. After all, Jesus gave up everything for us. He let our needs come ahead of His and was willing to die on the cross for our sins.
So whether we are driving or just watching the cars pass by, let us remember:
“and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ” Ephesians 5:21.
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men