1 Corinthians 9:19
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
As christians, we are to live out our lives in ambition to be more like Christ. (1 Peter 2:21) Jesus was the ultimate example of selflessness.
Not only was Jesus’ actions on this earth selfless, but sending Him was selfless. A God who you cannot even look at without dying(Exodus 33:20), who spoke this world into existence(Genesis 1:3), sent His son…here. Imagine being with God, how incredible and indescribable it would be and then coming here. He came to the most fragile and helpless form (Luke 2:11-12), endured every temptation and hardship without failure(Hebrews 2:18)(2 Corinthians 5:21), was betrayed by His own creation(Luke 22:48) and still interceded on our behalf(Hebrews 7:25). He died the most appalling death(Philippians 2:8) even without the weight of all of our sins stripping Him away from His Father(Matthew 27:46). But He did bear our sins and as He endured all of this he still selflessly said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
Take a moment to let that sink in.
Every action Jesus took and every word that He spoke was with intention. I really love that idea because so often we end up saying, “That really wasn’t my intention.” One very important aspect of being selfless is positioning our attitude and the way that we say something so that it comes across according to our intention. If we intend to do a nice gesture for someone but grudge our way through it, we are not being selfless. The same applies for when our intention is to “help”; to address an issue that someone close to us may need some work on but if we don’t say it in a loving way, it would have been better not to say it at all. When we exercise the attribute of selflessness, we need to consider others as more important than ourselves. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:3-5) When it comes to being selfless, we have the right intention, we love to serve God and to bring him joy but often we go about it in the wrong way. Keep Jesus’ example as your focus today.
Before you read todays challenge. Read John 13:1-17.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Today, I want your focus to be on living selflessly, from morning until night, everything you do cannot be for yourself. Spend your day serving others in any way you can.