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5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! Philippians 2: 4-8 NIV
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3 NIV
The right attitude for service is a mixture of joy and humility. Joyful humility comes from remembering who we are in Christ. So we aren’t defined by what we do. That knowledge helps us to stand confidently in our identity in Christ. That security allows us to serve in any capacity with humility. In humility we recognize that we aren’t our own and remember that we serve as unto God and not man. In joy we are reminded that we are valuable – bought with Christ’s blood.
Humility allows us to take joy in putting the needs of others above our own. We’re encouraged in scripture to have the same mindset as Jesus. He is in very nature God. Worthy of all adoration and worship. Yet He modeled for us the epitome of humility by dying for us on the cross. He has power over death, yet allowed Himself to experience death to humbly pay a debt that wasn’t even His. Jesus rose from death in resurrection after humbling Himself on the cross. We too can experience new life whenever we die to our flesh and allow ourselves to be used as vessels for Jesus’ love in humble service to each other. Our spirit man becomes more alive and our character is built. We become further conformed to the image of Christ when we serve as He did.
In a time of material prosperity, when everything is going as we hoped, it is easy to forget the Lord. Sometimes we allow a season of abundance to go to our heads, making us think we are above serving others. It is tempting to become puffed up and to forget that every blessing we experience is simply because of God’s mercy and grace. We must serve joyfully even in these times. We must resist the temptation to be inwardly focused, still choosing to defer to others. May we never think of ourselves more highly than we should. May our estimation of self be rooted in Christ and all He has done. May we serve the Lord with the right heart regardless of the season.
The scripture tells us in Romans to have a humble opinion of ourselves. To be modest and honest with ourselves. If we are using the Word as our standard, we all fall short. So we all must depend on Jesus to live this life of service. Such an attitude moves us to serve God because it puts things into perspective. God is Awesome and Great and Holy. Everything that we are and have, is because of Him alone, therefore, we serve.
Love & Blessings,