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Why We Need to Serve Others Rather Than Ourselves

Our culture tells us to serve ourselves rather than others and to climb the ladder of success. Jesus teaches us the opposite, which is to humble yourself and to serve others if you want to be great. Jesus even set the example of washing the disciples’ feet, which was the lowest thing to do at that time. He set the tone for how we are to treat people and that we are to consider others greater than ourselves.

Here are five Bible verses on serving:

  1. “For even the Son of Man came not to be; served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)
  2. “When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.'” (John 13:12-14)
  3. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
  4. “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” (Mark 9:35)
  5. “Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’” (Luke 9:58)

It is better to give than to receive, and as the Bible says, when we do the opposite of what culture says, we will be blessed! So when people come against you, love them; when you feel like a servant, you are high up in the Kingdom; and when you are proud, you will be brought low. This isn’t easy, but we can all ask God for His help and can rejoice even when we feel like we are not serving “self” like the media pushes.

 

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

 

Let us take our eyes off of ourselves and serve others above our own needs. I encourage you to encourage someone today, call a friend and pray, or bless someone you encounter!

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  1. marisa145

    Posted by marisa145 on December 1, 2016 at 11:11

    I feel like the term “rather than” could potentially pose a problem. Yes we are called to be selfless but in a culture that raises you to basically internalize insecurities out the wazoo from birth, that takes time and self reflection to undo those wrongs. You can’t pour out from an empty cup. I would say serving others “more than” yourself than the “rather than” because there are times where you need to step back and collect yourself so you can get back out there and be the most beneficial to the kingdom that you can be.