Day 29: A Heart of Selflessness

19 June 2013

The Decision to make it PERSONAL

A HEART OF SELFLESSNESS

Being selfless – placing other’s needs above our own – is not a natural human characteristic. Our natural instinct is to look after ourselves and loved ones first and consider others as a secondary priority.

In contrast, Jesus’ example was one of servanthood. Continually, He served those who were around Him putting aside Himself to prioritise others.

Take some time today to wander through the gospels (the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and look for your own examples of Jesus’ selflessness, allowing them to challenge you personally. Mark them in some way so that you can be challenged by them at a later time.

Consider how selflessness and generosity go hand in hand. How can you put your own wants and needs aside to be generous with your love, time, words, skills and gifts?

Make a list and highlight three that you can do today to serve someone else.

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:

WHO, BEING IN VERY NATURE GOD, DID NOT CONSIDER EQUALITY WITH GOD SOMETHING TO BE USED TO HIS OWN ADVANTAGE; RATHER, HE MADE HIMSELF NOTHING BY TAKING THE VERY NATURE OF A SERVANT, BEING MADE IN HUMAN LIKENESS.

Philippians 2:3-7 (NIV)