• Bishop Keith Butler

Live to Serve

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. (Philippians 2:4)


Christians are to be known for our service to God, our family, and our community. We are not to be recognized by our selfish pursuits. Pride says, “Look at what I have.” Humility says, “What I have, I have been given to help others.”

We should follow Christ’s example. He said that He came not to be served but to serve others (Matthew 20:28).


To live a life of service, we should continuously be on the lookout for who God has placed in our path to bless and support. Someone sitting next to you in the church may need money for food. A person you encounter in the grocery story likely needs prayer.


When we serve others, it takes our minds entirely off of ourselves. Our problems seem to dissipate as we focus our energy outward. When we live our lives according to Christ’s example, we find opportunities to give instead of always take.


As you interact with other people today, pay attention to how you speak and act. Are you looking out more for yourself or the needs and interests of others? Humility makes you always look at others and say, “How can I help?” Pride wants others to look at you and say, “Look at what he has.”


Practical Application – How can you serve someone today? Think of how you can help someone else instead of focusing so much on what you need today.


Matthew 25:40; Luke 6:38

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