The kind lady who cleaned my Dad’s hospital room started working here at the hospital twenty-eight year’s ago. She told my nephew that she came to work here cleaning rooms to give her children an opportunity to attend one of the most highly rated schools in the country.
Two of them did! One son is about to become a medical doctor and the other is a lawyer. How amazing that because of her unselfish nature, because of her willingness to clean up after dying people, her sons now have the opportunity to become great servants in the world.
This unselfish act reminds me of the words recorded in Philippians 2:3-9; “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves ; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.”
What if all of us lived our lives like Jesus? What if we all emptied ourselves so that those around us could be better?
What if every Preacher (including the one writing this post) quit promoting themselves and started promoting others?
What if every shepherd in the church looked out for the interest of those they lead rather than looking out for their own interests?
What if every church member stopped asking what can this church do for me and started looking for ways to serve others?
What if every parent had the attitude of this wonderful lady who cleans rooms so her children can have an opportunity to change the world; instead of being more concerned about their own careers, hobbies, and dreams?
What if every employer had an attitude of helping their employees, rather than keeping their eye on the almighty dollar?
What if every employee looked at their job as an opportunity to serve others and glorify God, rather than just a way to earn a paycheck?
What if we all developed the mind and heart of Jesus? What if we always lowered ourselves to help one another become better?
When we are willing to have this attitude, then our Father will exalt us just as He exalted Jesus.
Dear Father, help us to become more like Jesus every day. Help us to empty ourselves for the good of those around us. Dear God, forgive us when we refuse to serve other and only think about ourselves. We are thankful that our Savior was willing to humble Himself to the point of death so that we might have life. In His Dear Name we pray, Amen.