Read: Philippians 2:5-11
The Apostle Paul encourages us to have the same attitude that Jesus had when it comes to our relationships with one another. Our attitude is the way we think, feel, or behave and it reflects the condition of our heart--not our physical heart, but our spiritual heart. Jesus had every reason to think of himself as someone special. After all, he’s God! He could have demanded that He be served, but just the opposite hap-pened. He was the perfect example of what a true servant is. Jesus lived in poverty, He was humble, and He put others before Himself. And not only did He die in our place, He allowed Himself to be put to death on a cross! Crucifixion was the most brutal and lowest form of execution during that time period, and it was only reserved for the worst criminals. Today, we live in a “me first” culture where almost everyone is busy serving themselves. Their main goal in life is to make themselves happy, often at the expense of others. The sad reality is that those who are self serving are usually the most miserable and empty. Verses 3 and 4 of this same chapter in Philippians says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” As we grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus, we will naturally begin to lose our desire to serve ourselves, and will develop more of a desire to serve others.
What would my life look like if I decided to follow Jesus’ example and become a true servant?
What are some tangible ways in which I can serve others as opposed to serving myself?