“Don’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. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,”
Philippians 2:3-7 NLT
A HEART OF SELFLESSNESS
Being selfless – placing other’s needs above our own – is not a natural human characteristic. Our natural instinct is to look after ourselves and loved ones first and consider others as a secondary priority.
In contrast, Jesus’ example was one of servanthood. Continually, He served those who were around Him putting aside Himself to prioritise others.
Take some time today to wander through the gospels (the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and look for your own examples of Jesus’ selflessness, allowing them to challenge you personally. Mark them in some way so that you can be challenged by them at a later time.
Consider how selflessness and generosity go hand in hand. How can you put your own wants and needs aside to be generous with your love, time, words, skills and gifts?
Make a list and highlight three that you can do today to serve someone else.