We should wake up every morning determined to be better, happier, and more successful, right? Isn’t that what life is all about? At least that is what society wants us to believe. But, who told us that? Who told us that we are to focus our attention on these things? We have even come to believe that these are the things that Jesus wants us to focus on. Somewhere, our vision became blurred. Matthew 6:33 clearly tells us, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The kingdom comes first. That’s our calling. It’s as plain as day. This thing that we call life is not about us.
Our calling is to serve others. We are to bring joy to others. We are charged with finding ways to help them to be the best that they can be. If we have the resources, we are to share them. If we have the knowledge, we are to teach them. If we have the wisdom, we are to guide them. That’s what Jesus has asked of us because that is how we draw people closer to Him. We allow Him to use us, which allows them to see Him through us.
If we all truly commit to that concept and we love each other as Christ loves us, while we are focusing on the joy of others…others will focus on ours. This interdependence…the notion that we will love and serve in community is pleasing to God and it exalts Him. When we give in to the human urge to take care of self first, we lose much more than we gain. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus has provided us with a perfect model of love…of service…of humility…and of total submission to the will of God. Even the Lamb of God did not make it about Him. Certainly we can come to realize that it is not about us.
God develop within me a servant’s heart. Help me to love my neighbor as myself. Thank you for the gift of life and the opportunity to serve. Thank you for sending your Son to provide a model so that I might know what love and service truly look like. Bless my life so that I may be a blessing to others in Jesus’s name. Amen.