Wednesday, October 18th
Devotional written by Rrachel Fitzpatrick, Local Outreach Director
SERVING OTHERS REQUIRES A DEEP SENSE OF HUMILITY
In Philippians 2:3-11, the Apostle Paul describes Jesus’ death on the cross as a profound act of humility and an example we can follow. John the Baptist describes feeling a sense of joy when he saw Jesus’ success.
“And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him.” John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven. “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent ahead of Him.’ “He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:26-30).
Sometimes, finding humility when serving is one of the greatest challenges I face. I can walk blinded by my pride, often knowing it exists but lacking the humility to want to see it, admit it, and change it. Sometimes, we can all be one event or paycheck away from needing help. When I decide to value others over myself by considering them, thinking of them, or valuing their perspectives and feelings over my own, my self-importance diminishes, and I grow in humility and the desire to serve others.
When we serve others, we get the chance to experience the joy of admiration and humility. We humble ourselves by not taking pride in our position, perspective, or progress but in elevating the importance of others. Their victories and growth become even more important and fulfilling than ours.
Final Thought: How can you come alongside someone in need today?