“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant…” Philippians 2:5-8
What type of mindset defines a life of service?
In today’s biblical text, we find what a heart of sacrificial service looks like. At the conclusion of a plea the Apostle Paul has for the church in Ephesus, he encourages them to “…count others more significant than yourselves.” Then, he gives them an example of what this looks like, “have the same mindset as that of Christ Jesus.”
This was a tall task for the church in Ephesus, and a difficult goal for Christ followers today. Because this mindset forces all believers to wrestle with the question; Does my attitude follow the example of Jesus? Is my first priority my own needs and desires? Or do I have the mindset that places my family, friends, coworkers, and classmates before myself?
Paul understood the challenges that we all face to strive for our own selfish desires before considering others. So, he put the bar incredibly high—he set it at Jesus!
So, we seek to think and respond like our Lord Jesus, who served His people through the ultimate act of sacrificial service. We can’t do that, but we can have the mindset of our Lord—one of serving others sacrificially.
Father, help me to have the mind of Jesus. Grant me the strength to sacrificially serve others. May I truly consider others before I consider my own needs. Amen.
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