Who is the most selfless person that you know?
When I was asked that question recently a name instantly came to mind. Her name is Pam. 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 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 we can also fear selflessness?
It’s often equated with being a doormat. Or perhaps we think we’ll lose ourselves if we are always focused on others.
Do you know what I believe?
I believe that a selfless heart actually helps us discover our real selves.
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)
Jesus showed us what selflessness looked like.
From the moment he came toward earth, he understood his purpose. He knew that he was part of the grand scheme of God’s plan. He understood that his heavenly father loved him.
Yet he approached the world as a servant.
By doing so he changed the world forever.
Jesus served a demonically oppressed man, and chains were broken.
Jesus sought the lost lambs, and they were restored to the flock.
Jesus noticed a woman caught in sin, and she was restored.
He saw. He heard. He responded.
The world stood back in awe. This was different. Faith had never looked like this before.
He became a light.
Right now, our world, our children, our marriages, our churches, and our faith desperately need servants. Those who fully understand whose they are. Those who know they are a part of God’s plan to love a world. Those who have a sense of self and who are others-centered.
They see. They hear. They respond.
And a world takes notice.
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
- Being selfless means that we hold up selfish ambition or unhealthy motivations, and exchange them for sincere regard.
- Being selfless doesn’t mean that we don’t have interests, but we consider the interests of others just as important.
Selflessness is not weak at all. It springs from a place of knowing whose we are.
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.
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.
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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)
Q: How does this verse translate to a selfless life?
Q: What is one practical way to live this today?
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