Philippians 2:4 — Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too (NLT).
There are a couple key points in this verse I want to bring to your attention today. My prayer is for you to take them to heart, and allow God to mold you more into His image.
Paul said not to look out only for our own interests. Though it’s a rare condition, some people serve to a fault. They become so consumed with the needs of others that they neglect their own needs. Over-serving does not please God; it causes burnout.
Burnout is actually the point at which a rocket engine stops because it runs out of fuel. In other words, the engine stops producing and the rocket comes to a standstill. Burnout affects people in much the same way. Working yourself until you’re overwhelmed by fatigue and frustration will cause you to run out of gas. Then you will stop producing. In fact, when you don’t take care of yourself, it puts a strain on everyone around you.
On the flipside, you will not serve people you have no interest in. The point of serving is to meet a need. You cannot effectively meet someone’s need if you only look at it from your perspective. You have to put yourself in the shoes of the people you are serving. Ask yourself this question, “How would I want to be treated if the roles were reversed?”
Also, take an interest in the person who is in authority over you. When you serve in a certain area, you should do so with the same excellence and attitude your leader serves with. Ask yourself, “Is this how my boss would do this?”
I pray you have been enlightened and challenged by this word today. Don’t neglect yourself. Don’t give your best to others and save the leftovers for your family. Serve others with excellence, but not at the expense of good stewardship.
Mark 10:45 — “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (NIV).
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