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Philippians 2 tells us to put on the mind of Christ Who took on the form of a servant and humbled Himself before God and man. We’ve read how our Savior washed 24 dirty feet on the night He was betrayed. We read how He went to the cross like a lamb to the slaughter, and how He gave up His life for ours.
Strong’s concordance defines the word servant (doulos) as: a slave or devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests. (Strong’s 1401)
The key here is the disregard of one’s own interest.
In the same chapter, Paul writes, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
I can wash every toilet in the city, but if I’m not doing it for the right reasons then I’m merely doing a job. Sure, we can do our job and also be a servant at the same time, but we can also do a job and not be a servant at all.
What’s most incredible about the servant-heart of Jesus is His selfless act of service. In John chapter 13 we read that Jesus washes the feet of His disciples. Notice the order of these events. He washed their feet after the devil prompted Judas to betray Him. Jesus knew this full well when he got up from His meal. In fact, He mentioned it to the disciples right after He was done.
He didn’t wash 11 men and skip the 12th. He put himself aside to serve them all.
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Read John Chapter 13 where we see Jesus washing the feet of His disciples.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
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