'Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.' Philippians 2:5 NIV
We know. You have rights. You deserve to be happy. And live freely. (And sarcasm aside, we do actually hope you know that!) But, sometimes, we can cling to our 'rights' until our fingers turn blue and we're kicking and climbing on others to keep hold of what we think we're entitled to. That is not Jesus-like. Think about it. Then check out Philippians 2:1-11. That's right. Jesus 'was like God in everything. But He did not think that being equal with God was something to be used for His own benefit. But He gave up His place with God and made Himself nothing. He was born as a man and became like a servant....' (NCV).
He took on the status of a servant. A humble servant. The King of the universe didn't see Himself as too entitled to anything to step right down onto this messy, ignorant earth. And He didn't step down onto a comfy, shiny, gold throne; He placed Himself in a rough old animal trough. More than that - He died the death of a criminal. He definitely didn't deserve that. And that's our example to follow. If stuff that we don't deserve comes our way (and we're guessing it probably will, at some point), Jesus shows that it's our job to deal with it gracefully. We're called to find the balance between living healthy lives for ourselves, and putting others (appropriately) first. Tricky, but it's definitely doable. That's the way that Jesus lives.
So what now? Hold some doors open today. See how many people you can allow to go first through them, before you do. Stand back and be humble. (But please, if you're at all concerned you're being taken advantage of, chat to someone older and wiser, even if just to check. There is a fine line between serving and being taken advantage of.)
SoulFood: 2 Tim 1-4; Luke 22:54-62; Ps 19; Pro 24:19-22