I recently read about a man named Nik Walenda, who regularly performs his daring stunts in front of huge crowds who gather to see his feats. And then afterward, he spends several hours picking up litter left behind by his audience. What if you were world-famous in your own unique niche? Would you walk away and assume the clean-up crew would show up and do their work? Or would you be the clean-up crew yourself?
It’s been said we know how we’re growing as a servant by how we react when we’re treated like one. God is regularly given the servant-treatment. And His reaction is one worth imitating. What does He do when we treat Him, the King of the Universe, like a servant? What does He do when we pridefully demand what we want? Or pout when we think He’s holding out on us?
He persists in loving and serving us.
How do we respond to His kindness that draws us close to Himself, this expression of love that leads us to life change? One thing I’d suggest is that you and I both hit the reset button today. Let’s get a fresh start, beginning with revising the question, “Who am I, and why am I here?” Instead, let's dwell today with a different question: “Whose am I? And how can I serve Him?”
Then, we'll be more prone to recognize our humble position as God’s much-loved children, who need Him in a big way. This change in perspective will frame everything else in our world. We can leave pride behind and embrace our identity in Christ as part of God’s family forever. There’s no better place to be.
Ask God to help us become more like Him… growing to persistently love and serve, both Him and others. And after we pray and ask God to do this work in our lives, let's not go try harder to make it happen so we can pridefully feel good about ourselves. Let's allow Him to do the transforming work in our lives, from the inside out.