We chose to follow Jesus. He saw something in us and invited us to walk with Him. Focus on doing just that!
30 Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
I would like to suggest a new way of thinking: Once we come to Jesus for new life, spiritual healing, and adoption, it ceases to be about us and becomes about others. We are more conduits than containers. Consider this: the vessels talked about in 2 Timothy 2:20-21 are more like the vessels in our bodies that carry life-giving blood–His blood–to those in need.
20 In a large house there are articles [vessels] not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. 21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument [a vessel] for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.
Another example is Christ Himself. He made Himself nothing, taking the position of a servant for our sakes.
but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Phl 2:7
It’s about us in the beginning of our relationship with Him, but it quickly moves to be about others. We build our relationship with Him around reaching and serving others. It’s important to Him, therefore, it’s important to us.
As we apply this concept to our lives, we begin to understand how we are to treat others:
- In friendships- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better [first] than yourselves. Phl 2:3
- In marriages- Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Eph 5:21
- In our jobs- Slaves [employees], obey your earthly masters [bosses] in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Col 3:22-24
We show our love and gratitude for Christ when we adopt His attitude of humility and service. Let’s love Him today by loving others. Let’s be Christ to them.