Humbly Serving Others
A humble heart leads us to serving others. When we behold Jesus and the love He has for us, it leads us to change and it will lead us to look out for the needs of others, instead of our own selfish interests.
Jesus put it this way, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (John 15:13).” When we act out of humility, we give ourselves to serve no matter what the personal cost (reputation, time, money or other inconveniences).
In Philippians 2:3–4 Paul said, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Jesus modeled for us serving out of a humble heart. His death on that lonely cross is the greatest demonstration of love and humility ever seen. He did it, not for Himself, but for you and for me. He had the interests of others in mind.
I love what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:1–3, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
We can have everything together. We can speak eloquently. We can have deep wisdom, a wall full of degrees and faith that moves mountains. We can give everything away. But, if we don’t have sacrificial, humble love, Paul says, “[all of this] profits me nothing.”
It took humility for Jesus to go to the cross for us, and it takes humility for us to love people as Jesus loved people.
John MacArthur wrote, “The Bible teaches that the essence of love is self-sacrifice. Instead of tearing others down, biblical love seeks to build them up (1 Cor. 8:1); instead of first pursuing its own good, it pursues the good and interests of other people (1 Cor. 10:24); instead of seeking to have its needs met, it seeks to meet the needs of another (Gal. 5:13; Heb. 6:10). To love like that (1 Corinthians 13:4–8) requires above all else humility, for only humble people can put the interests of others ahead of their own (Philippians 2:3–4).”
Let’s agree to serve each other from a humble spirit. As Paul told the Ephesian church, “act with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love (Ephesians 4:2).”