(Written by Jessica Morris)
i am not good at serving. & i’m really not good at being positive. i call it “being realistic” … but really it is being negative, critical and/or pessimistic.
i used to think this kind of mindset didn’t really have an affect on my life. i mean, what does it matter if i tend to think of and prepare for worst case scenarios? i was ready and prepared for the terrible things that could happen.
then i married an optimist.
(funny how God does that.)
i quickly realized this “realistic” mindset was shaping me more than i thought or wanted it to. it had me focusing on the WORST, not the best.
the truth is dwelling on the bad affects a person.
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant…” (Philippians 2:5-7)
i love how the first thing Paul calls us to do in this verse is have the same MINDSET as Christ Jesus. (no pressure, right?)
if it was me who wrote this letter, i’d probably say something along the lines of “live like Jesus” or “love people like Jesus” or something action-oriented. Paul, on the other hand, doesn’t.
he does better.
he gets to the root issue … the heart of the matter – our mindset. Paul knows what goes on in our head shapes how we act, and how we act shapes who we are.
but Paul doesn’t stop there. he doesn’t just say, “hey, get a good mindset.”
he says, “hey, get a good mindset – by modeling our perfect example – Jesus.” then he lays out exactly what that mindset entails … service.
Jesus – God – entered into creation not as a powerful king but instead as a servant. as a tiny baby in a dirty manger. and this tiny baby would grow up to live the perfect life i could never live and die a criminals death SO THAT I could truly live.
now that’s humbling… and challenging.
i mean how often do we get caught up with things that don’t matter? things that cause division and separation? ALL THE TIME. at least i do. i dwell on the bad, the things that cause me NOT to serve others.
but Jesus served me.
and not just when i was at my best, most lovable state. but instead when i was at my worst.
when i was at the lowest, darkest, most despicable place in life, Christ reached down & served me, loved me and whispered the truth i needed to hear.
that’s powerful. & that’s exactly what we are called to model in our day in, day out life.