Word 4U Today

First Serve

First Serve

 

We’re regularly told that status matters – that the best thing you can be in this world is a celebrity. The fame. The wealth. The fans. The klieg lights. The award ceremonies celebrating your existence.

What is it that makes us hanker after respect and power? Fame is like the shiny fruit hanging in Eden. We’d all love a bite but we’re half-sure we’ve been warned against it.

Well what about spending a day walking around on Mother Teresa’s calloused feet? Mother Teresa set up schools for street children, held the dying in her arms, and cared for the disabled. Saint Francis traded his vast family wealth in order to live with outcasts and lepers and the homeless. This is the kind of fame that gets Heaven’s paparazzi trigger-happy. This is the fame that Jesus is known for. Paul writes:

‘You must have the same attitude that … Jesus had.

Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges … took the … position of a slave … humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on the cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names’ (Philippians 2:5-9 NLT).

Being a celebrity means we expect others to serve us; being a Christ follower means we are called to serve others.

What Now?

Start to practice serving others this week. It’s as easy as making coffee for dad at breakfast, or cleaning the bathroom once a week. It’s even as simple as keeping your own room clean! Try it!

Verse of the Day:

‘and think the same way that Christ Jesus thought’ Philippians 2:5 CEV

Joy Ferdiz

June 9th, 2014

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