New Believer's Devotional

Day 7 of 9 • This day’s reading


Serve Others

How can you live more like Jesus today?

When Jesus was asked what is the most important commandment, He responded with, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). Most of the focus each day to this point has been about our vertical relationship with God, but this one is more about our horizontal relationship with others. How we treat other people is a direct reflection of how much we love God.

In Philippians 2, Paul tells us a very practical way to love others. He says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you not look only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” One of the best ways we can be like Jesus everywhere we go is to look for ways to love and serve others.

The more we focus on ourselves the more miserable we will become; but, the more we focus on serving others out of an overflow of joy in God, the more satisfied we will be in life.

Jesus modeled this perfectly for us, "...though he [Jesus] was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” We love others because Jesus loved us first.

- What is one way you can serve your family today?

- What is one way you can serve outside of your home today?

- Take note of the satisfaction that follows this selflessness.