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To Serve with Humility
by Katherine Cheng
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
No one can argue against the fact that the world we live in is full of brokenness and despair, and outside of Christ, it can easily seem hopeless. It is also consumed with self-indulgence and self-promotion, often at the expense of those around us. As Christians, we are called to not conform to the ways of this world (Romans 12:2); we are to live in the world but not of the world. 

What does it look like to live in the world, but not of the world. As “aliens and strangers” (1 Peter 2:11), Satan will do everything in his power to thwart what God wants to do and how He wants to use you on this mission trip. We are fighting a spiritual war! The injustices you see – the poverty, oppression, abuse and despair – can only be fought by God Himself. But God has purposely placed you “in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation” for a purpose – “to shine like stars in the sky” (Philippians 2:15).

The task is no small feat and can often be overwhelming. Yet, we have hope! And we have Jesus to look to as our model.

In Philippians 2:3, Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Jesus is our ultimate example of humility. The cross shows us that though He was equal with God He lowered himself, He made the greatest sacrifice ever made, and He put the needs of others before Himself. 

By first humbling ourselves before the Lord, we acknowledge who He is in His sovereignty (2 Chronicles 7:14). And when our hearts and minds are set on His ways, suddenly the temptations of fear, self-doubt and self-reliance begin to fade. People then take notice and turn their heads to those who exude humility because they are noticeably different from the world around us. Ironically and unintentionally, the humble stand out. You reflect Christ and the Gospel when you walk humbly, and there is no greater mission than to do just that.

It may seem a lot easier to live in the light and think of others before yourself while you serve orphaned and vulnerable children, especially on a mission trip. There, you are out of your typical comforts, routines, and norm. However, no matter where you are, the call to live like Christ does not stop. God is shaping you now so you can shine even brighter when you serve again.

When your eyes are set on the One above - He who is greater than he who is in this world and greater than anything we could ever ask or imagine—then those around us will see Jesus in and through you.

You will have many opportunities to share about ways you've been able to serve others, and you can either promote yourself or humbly recount of God’s redeeming work, giving Him the glory He is rightly due. How will you choose to shine bright? What is one way you right now can focus your heart and hands toward His glory?

 


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