I've known this whole week what I'd be writing about today. God has really been making this clear to me... it's cool how he can make an issue that's been hidden for so long, and reveal it right when you're ready to deal with it. Here's my problem: I have had a really selfish attitude.
God has really been convicting me of my attitude lately. There have been many instances in the past few weeks that I have just gotten home from work, and I've been given some other responsibilities to fulfill. And I do them, but I do them with a poor attitude. I tell myself, "I've done enough already! I don't need to do anymore work. Someone else should do this!"
Well, that's not at all true! While I may have done work already, it's definitely not too much. That's not possible! God commands us to serve one another. "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love" (Galatians 5:13). And not only are we commanded to serve, but God also says "The greatest among you will be your servant" (Matthew 23:11).
This is completely contradictory to what the world tells us. But that's often what Jesus' teachings were. While it may not show up that way on earth, the greatest in the kingdom of heaven will be the ones who served others here on this earth. I'm definitely not saying that this is the reason we should serve. I'm saying that this shows just how important it is to be servants to one another!
As you probably know, the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself. What better way to love your neighbor than to serve them?
So this is what I will be focusing on this week and beyond. I want to rid myself of my selfish ambitions, reject the passivity that has been living in me for my whole life, and start being a servant to others! From now on, my motto is Philippians 2:3. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, consider others as better than yourselves."
This verse so perfectly sums up what God has been telling me this week. I need to stop being selfish and lazy and thinking about myself, and starting living the way that God has commanded me to live.