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. Philippians 2:5-7 (NIV)
You have said that you want to be like me. You may not have that same thought after we are done talking today. Why is that? I did not lay claim to what was rightfully mine. I did not assert my own rights. I did not demand to be treated with honor and respect. I didn’t seek my own comfort. I did not pursue my own pleasure. I was not self-sufficient. I was not self-absorbed. I thought more about the needs of others than of my own. I did not seek my own will. I did not try to accomplish my own plans. I left the comfort of heaven to come into the world. I allowed myself to become a man. I went about doing my Father’s will. I went where my Father sent me. I did everything my Father asked of me. In everyway I lived to please Him.
I could have chosen a prideful self-seeking life. I did not. I made a choice to humble myself and serve the needs of others. It was not easy. I experienced pain. I felt sorrow. I was rejected. I loved those who did not love me. I gave expecting nothing in return. I got little thanks. I received much abuse. It was a lonely path on which I walked. Who would want it? Who would follow it? This is where you can speak up.
You have set an example for me to follow. I want to walk on the same path on which you walked. I want to live the life that you lived. Your life had meaning. Your life had purpose. You lived to know and do your Father’s will. It brought you great joy to serve Him. You did the good works that He prepared in advance for you to do. You had no regrets. You made no retreats. You left nothing in reserve. You emptied yourself to humbly serve your Father by doing all that He asked of you. It cost you everything. But, knowing and doing your Father’s will was worth it all. You accomplished all that you were sent to do in this world for Him. You bore an abundance of fruit for His kingdom. You brought glory to His name. What could be better than that? Just as you did your Father’s will so I also want to do my Father’s will. I want no regrets. I will not retreat. I will leave nothing in reserve. Help me to know and do the Father’s will. Help me to serve like you served. Yes, I will.
Lord, I have had a “me first” attitude. I have thought that I was better than others. I have pridefully felt that others should serve me rather than me humbly serving them. Forgive me. I will take on your attitude. I will have your mind. I will joyfully serve others. Amen
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