The key to putting others first

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.— Philippians 2:3–4

The boys of a junior high school were organizing a basketball team. All of them wanted to be the captain and the argument became heated.

Only one boy, Robert, was willing to give up the title. So, while the other boys argued, he took the ball to the gym and practiced shooting baskets. After a half hour their coach appeared upon the scene and saw the situation.

He said, “Well, we will settle it this way: each of you will shoot ten free throws and whoever makes the most is captain.” They all agreed. And after the competition was over, Robert came out on top and was appointed captain.

It’s easy to work when there’s something in it for you – like a title or status. But true service comes with a cost to the one who ministers. It’s being humble enough to put others first and work on doing your part for God’s glory.

When it comes to ministry, do it out of a pure heart. You’ll not only feel much better, but you’ll also imitate Christ – giving yourself unselfishly for others as He did for you!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to put opportunities in your life to serve others unselfishly – and step into those opportunities when He does!

Questions for thought

When is the last time you remember someone putting you first at their own expense? How did it feel?

What’s one way you can serve someone else unselfishly today?