Philippians 2:3-4 NIV
3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value, others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
These days, we can get caught up in a worldview where it is all about “me first.” It is about “I deserve it, I have the right to… Don’t tell me what…” In other words, Paul is expressing what has existed over the ages and that is we are not to be like the world that only looks out for itself, rather we are to look to serve others. He is saying that we need to turn our hearts toward serving others and not only ourselves. He goes on to say to value others above ourselves. However, it doesn’t mean we are to make ourselves unimportant or not valuable, instead, we are to place more value on others because we have been given value in Christ. It is because we are loved we can love. If we are truly thankful and grateful for the relationships we have been blessed with, serving is only natural. When we serve others and show interest in others, it becomes an expression of love. In the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, Dale Carnegie expresses the importance of showing interest in others. When we do this we form and strengthen relationships. This is also a difficult thing to do because it is a struggle to serve others when you want to be served. I know there are times, where I want to be served and enjoy the benefits. I want people to be interested in what I have to say and do. But for the sake of showing love to others, we are charged to serve others as Christ did for us.
I know I tend to get tired of serving others. I confess that. Today is a reminder that I have been ungrateful for the relationships that I have and I have a spirit of grumbling and complaining. This scripture is a charge to me to persevere and count my blessings as I serve those God has blessed me with. Through being thankful, I can serve and be grateful for the blessings I have received. Through love, I will be able to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who taught us how to serve others, though He is God.
Jesus, I confess my ungratefulness and grumbling. I ask that you restore to me the joy of serving others in love. Please forgive me of my selfishness and I ask for a restoration of joy, love, and perseverance. Thank you for being the example of servitude. I ask that you change me to be more like you! I love you! In your Name, Jesus! Amen!