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Sacrificial Service

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"If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." John 13:14

There is no greater example of humility than Jesus Christ. Philippians 2 says, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." During His earthly ministry, there was never a moment when Jesus did not regard His followers as more important than Himself or put the interests of others ahead of His own. At the end of Jesus' earthly ministry, He looked at His disciples and told them to go do the same. Today, the same life of humility we see in Jesus in the Gospels is in us and will be pressed out of us as we pursue intimacy with Him. The life of a Jesus follower is to be marked by humbly looking for ways to sacrificially serve other members of God's family.

Are you only focused on what is best for you, or are you looking out for what is best for others?

Edifying Words

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"Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord" Ephesians 5:19

As followers of Jesus, what we say to one another and how we say it is a very big deal. Paul felt it was necessary to address the way the believers in Ephesus were to speak to each other as the family of God. He identifies three things that should shape the way we speak to one another. He mentions psalms (God-inspired writings set to music), hymns (songs that express worship and praise to God), and spiritual songs (testimonies of what God has done for us). This is not a command to make every conversation we have into a song; rather it is an instruction for our words and attitudes to be marked by the things of God. As our hearts are filled with worship and praise to our God, what flows out of our mouths will be honoring to Him and edifying to other believers.

Are your words and attitudes building others up or tearing them down?

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