Written by Carrie Dile
Philippians 2: 3-4Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Mine. That is one of the very first words we learn to speak, right after mama of course. Yes, I’m a mom and I loved to hear my sweet, little daughter say my name. I couldn’t hear it enough actually. In fact, I loved hearing her learn to jabber and talk in general until the one day she said the word…….mine. Why is that one of the first words we learn? We start out wanting things to be ours and go our way. Pretty much no one else matters when you are two and you want what you want! Human beings are selfish. We are all selfish in one way or another; it is part of our flesh. Selfish ambition is one of the acts of sinful nature (Gal.5:20). Although not as obvious as stealing or adultery, selfishness can hide in you and you may never know it.
Not too long after we start using the fabulous word “mine”, we start trying to impress others. We want everyone we know to like us, to the point where we are sometimes willing to do whatever it takes to get them to do so. Why is this so important to us? We all want to be liked, or should I say loved. The truth is, we all want and need love. God is love. He loves us; you and me, so this is natural for us to want this more than anything. Once we realize that we have God’s love, the less we will worry about impressing others. His opinion of us is the only one that truly matters.
Once we feel loved, it is easy to then give that love to someone else. Serving others becomes something that you “want” to do versus something that you feel you “should” do. Jesus took on the very nature of a servant, and like Jesus we should have the attitude of a servant. We serve because He served, out of love for others, not because we feel we have to. Serving someone that we love or care about is easy, but serving a stranger can be quite the opposite. When was the last time you stopped and helped a complete stranger? We are called to treat others as we would want to be treated. Jesus treated everyone equally. He was humble. In fact, Christ was the perfect example of humility. We are called to act like Him.
In this life, you can expect people to serve you, or you can look for people to serve. I know I have passed up plenty of opportunities to serve others in my life, but the one thing that I do now that I did not do years ago is pray. I pray to God to show me who and where I can serve, where I can take time to listen to someone who is hurting or just needing to talk, andwhere can I put someone else before myself. God will show you as well if you seek Him, pray and read His word.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for all that you are and most importantly for loving me. Thank you for showing me that I am called to be a servant just like Jesus. Help me to not be selfish, or worry about impressing others, but to put others first. Let me live to glorify you. In your name I pray, Amen.