Devotional: The Attitude

To those of you just beginning your volunteer mission adventure…WELCOME!  Welcome to the craziest weeks of your life: trying to figure out a new job, roommates (including the insect kind), language, culture, food, and sleep schedule (at least until jet-lag is over).  It’s all pretty exciting and intimidating at the same time.  But as any missionary will tell you, if you hang on to Jesus through all of it, you’ll find that He is faithful, one day at a time.For some reason, Philippians 2:3-11 have been coming to my mind lately.  Here is what it says, in the New Living Translation:

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.  When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Maybe we should all read that again a few times.  I’m pretty sure God has a lot to say to each of us specifically on how this can be applied in our lives.  But I think what blows my mind is that I ever have the audacity to think I am better than anyone else or deserve better treatment than anyone else.  Because Jesus, as GOD, didn’t even think like that!  Jesus, who bent down to wash 12 pairs of nasty feet, who loved hanging out with kids and social outcasts, and never played political games to fit in with the “cool” religious leaders.  That’s what God–the most powerful being in the universe–is like: humble.  Am I greater than God?

Nope.  And neither are you, if you’re honest and sane.  Ask Jesus to give you His attitude of service—with your fellow missionaries, your supervisors, and the people you came so far to serve. There is so much freedom and beautiful community in the attitude of service.  Embrace that humility, and embrace your incredible Savior who loves you so much He would give everything up to serve you.

*Twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers.  This was written and sent out by Andrea Keele on August 13, 2014.

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