Therefore, if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:1-11
Dear God, You willingly left your throne behind to be one with Your creation. You courageously came to the earth to be among us, to love us, and to model for us how to love one another. You showed us that love required a willingness to be last rather than first, to serve rather than be served, to look out for ways to bless others rather than waiting and expecting others to bless us. In order to prove your love to us, you didn’t force yourself or your ways upon us; You sent your Son, with all of His power and authority, to offer Himself to us that we might receive Him. Help us to be so humble, offering our lives to one another in love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Be on the lookout for ways to serve others today. Give a bottle of water to your mail person or trash collector. Hold the door for others as you enter or exit buildings. Pull in your neighbor’s trashcan. Where can you find ways to serve people who you see on a regular basis – in your daily routine?