A HIGHER STANDARD
December 14, 2020
Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. Philippians 2:3-4
In the US Army you live the Army Values. Which means you live life to a higher standard. One of those values is Selfless Service. Selfless service is larger than just one person. In serving your country, you are doing your duty loyally without thought of recognition or gain.
When we give our lives to Christ, we too are called to live to a higher standard. We are ultimately choosing to give control of our lives over to God. In essence, we commit to become selfless servants for the kingdom. As we walk with God and learn more about what it means to surrender our lives to Him daily, we begin to realize that He wants us to live our lives as servant leaders to others, as well. Let’s be real. Serving others isn’t always the easiest task; so where do we start?
Serving one another has to start in your own home. If you’re married, what does it look like to better serve your spouse? How can you be an example of selfless service? As parents, what does it look like to model servant leadership for your children?
We are called to serve others. This means colleagues at work and our neighbors. It’s choosing to show up and serve when others are on the sidelines. It’s choosing to be the ones that others look to during dark times. We can serve our community simply by how we choose to approach daily interactions with those who cross our paths.
Jesus, the ultimate example of selfless service, was radically counter-cultural by exemplifying and teaching a lifestyle of servanthood. It goes against everything that culture says makes someone “great.” It’s putting others before ourselves. It’s following in Christ’s footsteps, who embodied greatness by humbling Himself to death on the cross. Choosing to follow Christ means voluntarily surrendering our lives to Him and choosing to live a radically counter-cultural life. While it might go against the world’s definition of “great,” a life of selfless service to others is exactly what is needed to change the world.