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As a true disciple of Jesus, be a humble servant to those around you

The Making of a Disciple
The Traits of a Disciple – Part VII

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Key Verse: 1 John 2:6 NLT
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

The last trait we look at about a true disciple of Jesus is this: a disciple is a humble servant to people around them. The service they give others comes from an authentic love for people.

Paul describes this perfectly:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! (Philippians 2: 5-8)

To look like Jesus daily, we must adopt the nature of servants by humbling ourselves and loving others above ourselves.

What often trips us up is allowing our service to others to make us prideful. Since fellow churchgoers see service to others as Christ-like, it is easy to be prideful because we like the accolades we get.

To avoid this pitfall, we must ask ourselves, “Would I do this if no one noticed and thanked me?”

Have you ever known anyone who felt hurt and left a church because the pastor or other church members did not recognize them for their service?

I have, and it is a pitfall we all can fall into if we are not careful.

When Jesus came into the world, He took good deeds to the next level when He taught:

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)

To people, we are good if we serve others. To God, we must serve others with the right motives!

Only God can judge us fairly in this area. When people around us see our good deeds, they do not know our motives. They might suspect our motives are to get attention, but God knows our thoughts and will judge us in truth!

We may find it hard not to tell our friends about something we did for someone in need. Ask God for help avoiding discussing our service with others.

Our Father in Heaven’s reward for service to others is far better than any accolades we may receive from others.

Father, help me to do my good deeds humbly and in secret. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.

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