Daily Spirit & Word: 720: Living The Jesus Way.
Having a SERVANT Mindset.
Philippians 2:1-8 (NIV) If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with 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 purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
So in the light of the above passage today, followers of Jesus Christ, when you are UNITED with HIM: In all 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! Philippians 2:5-8
We SHOULD WANT TO BE;
- Doing NOTHING out of selfish ambition or vein conceit.
- Considering OTHERS better than ourselves.
- Not ONLY thinking or looking out for ourselves, but also the interests of others. i.e. we are to look after ourselves as well, but ALSO others.
- Having the ATTITUDE OF JESUS: The Nature of a Servant: i.e. how can we SERVE: God and Others.
So much of what we call ‘Church’ these days is all about ME rather than the Jesus ways we’re meant to emulate, copy and model.
How often have you thought to yourself: “I didn’t like that worship song”… “That Sermon just didn’t feed me” … “I’m not the one God’s calling to serve on the cleaning, tea making, Sunday School or welcoming rotas” …
Are these the thoughts of a self-sacrificing servant?
- Perhaps the majority liked that song.
- Perhaps that Sermon spoke to someone on their way to faith in Jesus.
- Perhaps God’s bringing someone to church that day, that only YOU can reach by welcoming them.
- Perhaps you make tea in just the way that a first time visitor really likes.
- Perhaps you’ve got just the message or personality that a child can relate to.
When we’ve got the SAME MINDSET as Jesus, we’ll not be thinking primarily about what BEST FOR ME or What I LIKE or Prefer, but how we can SERVE both God and Others in such a way that the whole body of Christ can be UNITED, built-up, strengthened, encouraged and brought even closer to the Lord than they’ve ever been before.
So this coming Sunday, come to worship the Lord Jesus with His ATTITUDE and MINDSET.
Think to yourself,
“What can I bring to fellowship that will make EVERYONE happy and full of joy?”
“What can I do that will make someone’s day on Sunday?”
It might be something SMALL to you, but it could be the most significant EXPERIENCE of genuine love that someone needed at just that moment in their life.
Your hands, your feet, your mouth can be used to serve Jesus every day. Not just in Church gatherings. How can you SERVE like Jesus at home, work, family and in the community? When people see you every day, do they KNOW you are a follower of Jesus because of your MINDSET of Jesus? Is your ATTITUDE the same as that of Jesus with people outside fellowship?
PRAYER: O Lord Jesus, as we get ready for PENTECOST again this year, and remember how you filled the first followers with Your Spirit, please so fill me with your Holy Spirit today, that I may be more like Peter was on that day, help me Lord to think less of myself and my likes or dislikes and think about You and others and how I can serve them in such a way that their lives will be transformed and set of fire with love for You. Help me to be SALT and LIGHT that brings JOY to You and Others. Amen!
It’s my wife’s birthday today, Lord help me to make it SPECIAL for her. Amen!
Have an awesome weekend with Jesus,
Jesus Washes The Disciples Feet
John 13:1-17 (NIV)
1 It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
2 The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
7 Jesus replied, “You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
10 Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”
11 For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them.
13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.