Do you know someone who is self-centered?
Jesus was not self-centered. Consider Philippians 2: 5-8,
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
When we love on another the first step in showing love is to prefer one another. Romans 12:10 says, “In honor give preference to one another.”
If I am not willing to show you respect, if I am not willing to prefer you, then I may not be willing to support you or serve you.
Preferring a person enables a person to minister to another person. What are ways we can learn to prefer one another? Discover a person’s needs, desires, and preferences. Focus on other’s needs ahead of yours.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
My grandmother was a selfless woman. She had a hard life yet she was not bitter. Her love for her family was infectious. She taught me to love the Lord, love your family, tithe your money, and never learn how to clean catfish. I learned how to cook, sew, and pray from my Grandma. She preferred others ahead of herself. I am who I am today because of her selfless love for me.