So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
I joined a friend at an evening church service last night. The sermon was about one of the identities Christians have: servanthood. I was moved and challenged to put away my self-seeking mentality and become a servant as Christ was. Not out of duty, not to gain righteousness or favor with God, but because Christ first loved me. Because he changed my life. and continues to change my life.
Hours before Jesus was crucified, he knelt down and washed his disciples' feet. This was a task only the lowliest servant would do, and yet Jesus, who was above the disciples, humbled himself to serve.
The pastor challenged everyone to ask themselves this simple question: how would my life change if I treated others as though they were more important than myself? How would our thoughts, bank account, schedule, activities, and so on, change?
He then encouraged everyone to think of real and practical ways we can incorporate this into our daily lives.
The lyrics of the last song became my prayer. The honesty of this song is always so refreshing - it speaks to the waywardness of my heart.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord, take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above