"He must become greater; I must become less." - John 3:30
As Christians, we are called to be selfless with our actions. Being selfless is something I so eagerly desire to be; however, I struggle to live out.
Selflessness is not found without Jesus Christ. Finding Jesus is finding love, hope, grace, mercy, and specifically for selflessness. When I first read John 3:30, I immediately started analyzing how I can live this out in my daily life. I thought to myself, how can I see more of Jesus in my actions and where can I find more of him through my day? The truth about Jesus, however, is he is 110% always with us. The Lord is always seeking our love and attention, but do we provide him ours? It is not the fact we need more God in our lives, but we need less self.
Jordan Lee, an author, says it well, “We don’t need to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less. Humility and selflessness is not putting myself down or depriving myself of enjoyment. Rather, it’s choosing to make a larger space for Jesus and his people in our lives. It’s minimizing not how we think of ourselves or serve ourselves, but how often we do so.” Selflessness is putting forth the extra effort to put Christ and others before you, until it becomes an effortless task. The Lord has graciously put us before him and provides us with everything we may need. He then calls us to do the same; but we very often fall short of the task.
This week I challenge you to pray that the Lord will uncover those tiny crevices of selfishness you hold in your life and faith. Pray he will open your heart to allow you to serve to your fullest. He must become greater, we must become selfless.
Posted on Wed, June 15, 2016
by Micah James