Unselfishness — the Key to Humility

by Kevin Rogers

Our theme for this year is “Serving God with humility and love.” If we are to do this, we must be unselfish in all aspects of our lives. This is contrary to what the world wants us to think. There are popular songs that talk about only doing what makes us happy no matter who gets in the way. TV shows glorify the portrayal of people who walk all over each other, and portray the person who helps others as weak. I think we all remember the scriptures in John 13 when Jesus and the disciples were about to partake in the Passover feast. Jesus didn’t sit there and command someone to wash his feet because he deserved it more than everyone else. Instead, “He poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” How many of us would be unselfish enough to do this? We also need to remember Jesus washed Judas Iscariot’s feet as well. How difficult it must have been for Jesus to wash the feet of the person who would betray him!

1 Peter 5:5 says, “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I don’t think this means we can’t be happy about graduating from college or happy about any other accomplishments we achieve with God in our lives, but we do need to be humble in everything we do.

One of my favorite passages is Philippians 2:3-4. It says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Then the next verse pretty much sums up how we should live every day and every minute of our lives. Verse 5: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” If we have the attitude of Christ, we will be unselfish in all that we do. Instead of sitting in front of the TV on a Saturday, we could help our neighbor mow his or her yard, or go to the hospital and visit someone. We have so many opportunities to be able to show Christ’s love to others. Once we become unselfish in our thinking, we will become closer to God and closer to what God wants us to be.

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