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Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 3: Serving Our Church Family

Humility—The Posture of Jesus Day 3 – Serving Our Church Family

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10, ESV)

“To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” (Ephesians 4:12, ESV)

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.” (Acts 20:28, ESV)

For a local church to function well, humility must be found among its members and especially among leaders. Pride has no place in the church, and yet its harmful presence is often seen first in our own selves and in our local testimonies as well.

We learn the importance of service and humility when we study the life of Jesus Christ. Since we are the Bride of Christ, should we not model Him as closely as possible? The Gospels clearly demonstrate our Lord as a servant, loving and serving the creatures He created. An important lesson He left us with as His life on earth was coming to a close was in the washing of His disciples’ feet. This act was symbolic, teaching them the value and importance of serving one another and taking on a lowly position. What better place can we carry this out than in the house of the Lord, among fellow believers?

Service has many different aspects, from using our spiritual gifts to benefit one another, to treating one another with honor and respect. I particularly love this verse from Romans 12:

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (vs. 10, ESV).

Our aim is not just to honor one another, but to outdo each other in showing honor toward one another. Can you imagine an atmosphere in which this command from Scripture is fully on display, where each member humbles themselves and regards others with honor and respect, placing others’ needs above their own? This would indeed be a wonderful place to gather and join in worship and service to our Lord and King.

Whether our contributions in the local fellowship are less visible (maybe cleaning the bathrooms or washing dishes after a meal) or more visible (perhaps preaching or leading the singing), our humility meter should be equal. Nothing we do should be for the glory of man, but to bring honor to the Lord, the One who greatly values and desires humble hearts that are willing to serve. 

As we consider our place within our local testimony, may we have a desire for humility. Let us pray for any pride in ourselves to be removed so that our church family will be healthy and function the way the Lord intends. May we be open to the thoughts, opinions and feelings of others, and measure them according to Scripture and not our own agenda. May we be willing to step away from areas we are not best suited for, opening the way for someone more gifted to handle the work. Let us encourage those around us in their gifts and look for ways to show God’s love to those who are less visible and those who are possibly hurting. When pride is removed and we humble ourselves, many of the issues inside our church walls will simply be resolved. Let’s pray for this today in each of our hearts, and for our local church as well.

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