"The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." (Jesus of Nazareth, Matthew 23:11-12)
"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." (Philippians 2:5-7)
This week's theme and actions are all about how we can walk more in step with God so that we can be a blessing to others. We will be exploring what it means to have Christlikeness in our all comings and goings. You may see the deep disconnect between the way we live and the way Christ died for us to live.
Practice Viseo / Seeing " Slowly read a selected portion of Scripture a number of times. Return to it with the intentional purpose of "seeing and hearing Christ" in the text. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart to see in Christ's example what he wants you to see, and to see how you are to be like him.
"The evening meal was being served". [Jesus] poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples feet". He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord are you going to wash my feet?' Jesus replied, 'You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'" (John 13:2-8)
Ask God to encourage you and show you what it means to have the attitudes, love and mindset of Christ in all that you do.
4 March: Do a task that you consider beneath you whether at work, at home, or in the church (take out the trash, dust, do work usually assigned to your administrator, wash the dishes, pick up after the dog or cat, pick up and discard litter. In essence do something you normally wouldn't consider doing or that you don't enjoy doing).
5 March: Take time out of your day to serve someone else in a way that blesses them (consider doing something out of the ordinary for your spouse, make an appointment to mentor an intern, send your parents or someone you know is lonely a lovely card, an encouraging email, text message or some flowers. Consider what would bless someone else and do it whole-heartedly).
6 March: Do something to consciously reduce your energy consumption today. Whether it's turning off some or all of your lights, unplugging "waiting" appliances, computers or game consoles, taking a faster shower, making sure the AC/heater is off when you leave for work, taking extra time to use mass-transit, or car-pooling. Take an active step in reducing the energy you normally use. Realize that what you have not used is thereby still available for a neighbor or one of the millions less fortunate than yourself.
7 March: Actively refrain from extoling your praises and accomplishments whether at work, in the home, or elsewhere. If the conversation comes up on what do you do and why, on what you have accomplished or an important role you played in it, don't make it sound grander and more worthy of praise than it is.
8 March: Let your yes be yes and your no be no today. Don't overcommit yourself on a promise or project at work, in the home, or in the community. Simply let your yes be yes and your no be no, and remember to salt your conversation and actions with graciousness and genuine care.
9 March: Take time to meet with someone in your church or the workplace that you've never met before. Go out of your way to be hospitable and kind, even if it is someone you've avoided at great length. Ask God to show you who he would like you to greet or meet with. You'll be surprised.
10 March: Commit your ways to the Lord. Worship him in a simple expression of surrender. Offer the Lord today the sacrifice of your hopes, dreams, and plans. Ask him to mold them and complete them according to His will. Thank him that he has set a future and a hope before you, and not calamity. (Jeremiah 29:11)