Who is the most selfless person that you know?
When I was asked that question recently a name instantly came to mind.
She’s one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. I’ve watched her put her hands on a stranger’s face, and gently speak life. She works hard, and doesn’t seem to need attention or praise. She’s comfortable in her own skin, and other-centered in all the right ways.
When we meet people like that, we are drawn to them. Or at least I am.
But what if being selfless isn’t your natural go-to?
Is it hopeless? Especially in a culture that doesn’t exactly promote selflessness.
How do we develop selflessness in a selfie world, and why would we?
First, the why.
You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had, who though he existed in the form of God did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking on the form of a slave, by looking like other men, and by sharing in human nature. He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:5-8)
The more selfless we become, the more we resemble Jesus to the world around us.
It’s that simple.We talk a lot about Jesus, but the world needs to see Jesus in us. #livingalifeofthankyou #ComeWithMe Click To Tweet
Jesus emptied himself and he served. By doing so he changed the world forever. He served a demonically oppressed man, and chains were broken. He sought the lost lamb, and it was restored to the flock. He noticed a woman caught in sin, and she was restored.
In each of these, he wasn’t self-focused. He saw. He heard. He responded. The world stood back in awe. It was different. Faith had never looked like this.
Right now, our world, our children, our marriages, our churches, our faith desperately need Jesus in the lives of those who follow him.
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. Philippians 2:3-4
It’s simple. We treat each other as more important than ourselves.
When we bring up the word selfless, we may shy away from it because it feels weak, or we don’t want to be taken advantage of.Selflessness is not weak. It springs from a place of knowing our purpose. #ComeWithMe #livingalifeofthankyou Click To Tweet
It’s not weak at all. It springs from a place of knowing whose we are. From having a purpose. It’s trusting that God will use your life in extraordinary ways, whether that it seen or unseen.
We don’t need plaques, or attention, or notice, because we are incredibly, utterly loved and we want to share that with others.
Will that change us?
Yes, and no.
Even if it doesn’t come natural, we are supernaturally changed as we empty ourselves of ourselves, and start to notice others.
Yet we are still ourselves. Some of us still snarky (in a good way). Some of us still funny or wise. Some introverted, others extroverted. Some creative. Others gifted in a hundred different ways.
We are still who God made us to be, but with a twist. God takes those characteristics he so carefully placed in us, and they become instruments to change the world.
The king will answer them, ‘I can guarantee this truth: Whatever you did for one of my brothers or sisters, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40)
Day #14 of Living a Life of Thank You
Let’s take a break and just chat today. I want to hear how you are doing.
Did you join the 24-hour “No Complaint” challenge? How did it go? I wrestled for awhile with what a “no complaint” day might look like, and finally settled into it. I like it. There were a couple of times when I started to say something, and felt a gentle check in my spirit.
Is God showing you something that you want to share?
We have only 7 more days in this journey. What are you asking God to do in our remaining time together?