by Pastor Ken
Be of the same mind one toward another. Don’t set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don’t be wise in your own conceits. Don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:16, 21
You might think Christians are called to be different and above other people. But in some ways, Jesus has called us to be a “doormat” for others. No, not in the sense that we are abused, mistreated, and taken advantage of. We are to be their spiritual leader and never consider ourselves more worthy of God’s love.
Paul’s idea of service was to give his life completely for others. And whether he got praise for doing so or blamed for not being obedient to the Law did not matter to him. As long as there was a person who did not know Jesus that Paul could come in contact with, Paul felt he should serve that person (or those people) with the same love and compassion Jesus would in order to show them what a wonderful Savior Jesus is.
Paul’s motivation for service was not so much a love for others—even though he did love them—but out of love for Jesus Christ. Likewise, we should be motivated to serve out of a deep and sincere love for God rather than people so that no amount of ingratitude or lack of recognition or misinterpretation or mistreatment of our good intentions will be able to stop you from serving one another.
Paul’s knowledge of how Christ had treated him was the secret behind his calling to serve others. Once you understand that Jesus has served you even to the point of dying on the cross for your sin, nothing should be able to exhaust your devotion to serve others for His sake.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to be humbled, as you did, when I meet other’s need today. In Jesus name, I pray, amen.