Find Yourself by Losing Yourself to Something Greater Than Yourself - Joy #9
Jesus existed in the form of God but he did not regard equality with God as a thing to be grasped. He laid it aside so he could serve a greater purpose. The Bible says that we should have this same attitude.
When Jesus chose to obey the purpose of God, God lifted Him to His proper place. God will do the same for us. This is a major concept in the Kingdom of God. To find your life you must lose your life.
You cannot find your best life by preserving your own personal interests. You must find a purpose greater than yourself. When you pour your life into a great purpose, your life will be great. When you pour your life into the protection of your own personal interests, you end up with a small life - your talents and gifts are wasted.
When you lose yourself – you’re not throwing yourself away because you think you’re worthless. You are giving your highest and best to a greater cause than just personal satisfaction.
John 13:4-5 rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Jesus washed their feet with the towel he was wearing. You have to wear something before you can wash others people’s feet with it. It helps to have a great marriage before you start dispensing marriage advice. It helps to have success in managing your finances before you start giving financial advice.
Some people try to wipe feet with towels they have not worn. It’s an idea they have not walked out or worked out. Their faith is a concept but it’s never been tested. God takes us through some things for other’s sake so we can wear that towel.
It’s the job of a leader or a parent to understand that people pick up dust and we need to help them wash that off. Leaders serve by washing feet.
Philippians 2:4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
The purpose of God is far bigger than just about me.
Find yourself by losing yourself in something greater than yourself.