Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
So often we only want to do things that benefit us, or we only want to help people that we have marked as “good” in our own judgmental minds.
Truth is, society has completely altered our outlook on what it should actually look like to serve people: compassionately.
Compassion – Concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
Jesus didn’t ask us to pull our lives together and to judge people. He simply wants us to go compassionately love people and serve them in whatever way that may be. He wants us to go meet them where they are — not ask them to come to us.
Colossians 3:12 tells us to actively “put on” compassion. As believers of Jesus, we are called to go and serve. Don’t wait on Him to move in a certain way, be the move yourself.
There’s a saying that reads, “Lighthouses aren’t there to draw attention to themselves, they are there to shine.” Don’t worry about how much attention you’re going to get for doing some act of service. Instead, think about being a light for God. Everything we do is to bring honor and glory to God, not ourselves.
Technology so often distracts us from seeing the people right in front of us that need our service and compassion.
Although it can be distracting or lead us into temptation, technology can actually be a great tool to show people compassion! I challenge each of you to choose purpose over popularity — use social media as a positive influence instead of using it for popularity. Try to comment something caring on at least one person’s post each day.
I know taking time out of your day to do something for someone else can take so much energy and time, but has God ever told you that He didn’t have time for you?
We have to bring our focus back to Him instead of ourselves. Even the King of Kings wasn’t too good to get down and wash someone’s feet, so why would you think that you’re too good to go cook lunch for someone? Or pray for someone? Or pick trash up? Or even just hold the door open for someone behind you?
WRITTEN BY: SHELBY BUCHANAN
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
- What is distracting you from serving people?
- Instead of compassionately loving people we don’t know, so many of us judge and avoid them. Why do you think we do this?
- Why do you think it’s naturally easier for us to sit at home and be on our phones, computers, or watching tv instead of going out and serving others?
- Spend a moment thinking about your everyday life and schedule. Where are some places that you could be compassionately serving people that you normally don’t?