Pastor Jay continued his message by telling us that genuine humility grows out of a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we know who takes care of us it frees us up to give to others. When we believe that Jesus will take care of our every need we have the ability to be selfless. I am to give freely and serve freely. If I know that every need of mine will be met by Jesus, it frees me up to approach every relationship with the question, “How can I serve you?”
In John 13 Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. This was the ultimate act of selflessness. Jesus only had a few precious hours left with his disciples here on earth and he knew they needed to be taught about having the right heart to minister to people. Jesus wanted them to know (and he wants us to know as well) that status isn’t important in His kingdom. Love and serving are what is important in Jesus’ kingdom. No matter what our ‘role’ is here on earth, Pastor Jay told us we are supposed to serve others selflessly. In fact, the higher the role, the more we are to serve. When we have humility, a servant’s heart, and selflessness, it shows we trust Jesus to meet our needs.
Finally, Pastor Jay told us that when we are selfless it allows us to maximize our opportunities to make a difference for Jesus. It fortifies our defense against the enemy. If I approach life with the attitude that I am the center of the universe, it will frustrate me and offend me when something doesn’t go the way I want it to go. On the other hand, if we approach life knowing that we are loved and cared for by God and that He will take care of every need, we can be grateful for the many blessings we do receive.
I need to get over myself, get rid of myself and say hello to more of God!