Last semester I was brave enough to ask God to prepare my heart to work for Student Life this summer. His answer to my prayer was so clear yet unexpected. He told me he was going to teach me to be selfless. Little did I know learning to be selfless involves a lot of conviction...
In the first few weeks of working for Student Life, The Lord has been faithful to His word. Working for Student Life has been so wonderful. I have seen The Lord work in so many ways and am so glad that I can call my teammates family. But along with these many wonderful things comes sleep depravation and lack of energy. For me, being tired and having no energy is my weak spot. This is when the enemy comes to attack. When I am tired I begin to get lazy and ultimately become selfish. The past few weeks The Lord has really convicted me of just how selfish I can sometimes be. A huge theme of being on a team for Student Life is being a minister/servant to the rest of your teammates. What does being a servant mean? After praying about it, I have learned that it means being selfless. It means going out of my way to help someone else when I don’t feel like it because I’m tired. Last night The Lord revealed to me that being a servant is ultimately more than just actions. When someone says servant I usually think of the action of doing something for someone. Philippians 2 says otherwise. As I was praying about what it looks like to be a selfless servant, The Lord lead me to read Philippians 2:1-11. One verse in particular stuck out to me-- “In humility, count others more significant than yourselves”(Phil. 2:3 ESV) Now the question was what does it mean to count others more significant to myself? The Lord was so quick to answer my question. In this context, to “count” is something that someone must do in his or her mind. So, being a servant means transforming the way I think so that I think that others are more significant than I. However, it is impossible for me to transform my own mind. While I know this is something a true servant is marked by, I don’t necessarily think that this way of thinking will be easy or fun. This is why I am praying that The Lord would give me a desire to think of others as more important than myself.
“…but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2)
A few verses later in Philippians 2, Paul talks about how Jesus counted me as more significant than Himself by making Himself nothing and took the form of a servant here on earth and died for my sins on the cross. If we are called to be holy just as He is, then shouldn’t we have this same mindset? I pray that this summer The Lord would transform my mind to think of others as more significant than I so that I can love and serve them well.