Monday, January 11, 2010

Encouragement: Being a Doorway, Not A Doormat!

In this new year, how you want to influence others? Whether you like it or not, in one way or the other you are making an impact on others around you. It is wise to know how to make a positive impact for the building up of others' lives.

These days nobody wants to a servant. All want to be leaders, bosses, managers, directors, etc. Even those who are supposed to serve others do it grudgingly because they don't like to do it. To get service is what people count as dignity and to serve is below your dignity. What a warped thinking the world has!

The Lord Jesus was the only Master teacher who said, I came to serve and not to be served unto. Mark 10:45. And so did He, even stooping down to wash His disciples' dirty feet with His own hands! His ultimate service was in sacrificing His own life for the good of all mankind- for their salvation.

Service grows from the soil of humility. Too often, however, humility has been misunderstood to be a negative character trait. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking more of God and of others. In other words, humility is not about putting ourselves down but, rather, about glorifying God and affirming others.

Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest example of humility. He left the place of honor in heaven in order to become God's Servant on earth. In the process, however, He did not tear Himself down or deny that He had any value. But He did lift others up through His humility and showed them how valuable they were. Jonathan's attitude towards David also provides a vivid example of humility. Jonathan, being a king's son, counted David, a shepherd boy, better than himself without thinking less of himself in the process.

So we see that humility is not about being a doormat, it's about being a doorway, through which others enter into the presence and the power of God. By focussing on building others up and helping them along the way, we show them the love of God, who desires the best for them.

Reflect on the ways you can strive to put others' interests ahead of your own. In what ways, can you show others how much you (and God) value them? How would Christ "make Himself nothing' if He were in your place?

Philippians 2:5. "For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,"

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

Letter # 02 (10. 1. 2010)