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Serve with Humility

At the beginning of John chapter 13 we see what might be the 2nd most visibly recognizable example of serving others in the life of Jesus (second to His sacrifice on the Cross); the washing of the disciples feet merely days before His death.

This act is also followed by a direct command from Jesus Himself in verse 15, I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.

I have found that, in my life at least, serving doesn't always come naturally, and serving with humility is an even greater challenge.

As a church, we are made up of many parts, and we all have our own ambitions and goals. We may focus on how we can advance our own careers or ministries rather than putting the needs of others first. However, as Christians, we are called to serve with a heart of humility, putting others before ourselves.

In Philippians 2:3-4, Paul writes, "3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." This passage reminds us that our focus should always be on serving others, not ourselves.

we prioritize the needs of others and serve them with a humble heart.

Why should we serve with a heart of humility? When we do so, we are following the example of Jesus, who humbled Himself by becoming a servant and even dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus came to serve, not to be served, and as His followers, we are called to do the same.

It's easy to get caught up in our own ambitions and desires, but when we do, we lose sight of the needs of others. As Christians, we are called to be servants of Christ, putting others before ourselves. This doesn't mean that we neglect our own needs or ambitions, but it means that we prioritize the needs of others and serve them with a humble heart.

Humility is not something that comes naturally to us. It requires us to put aside our own desires and preferences and to focus on the needs of others. It requires us to be willing to serve in whatever way is needed, even if it's not the most glamorous or prestigious role.

When we serve with a heart of humility, we not only bless others, but we also bring glory to God. As we seek to serve others, let's ask God to give us a heart of humility, so that we can truly value others above ourselves and serve them with the love and compassion of Christ.

In conclusion, let us always remember that serving is not about us, but about God and others. Let's make a conscious effort to serve with humility, following the example of Christ and counting others more significant than ourselves.

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