“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Philippians 2:5-8
Can you think of the last time you put someone else’s needs above your own? In most families the needs of the children have top priority. Mom will go without a new winter coat so Johnny can get his hockey skates. Dad will put in overtime at work to get the extra money so Suzy can go to camp in the summer. Parents are willing to make sacrifices for their children.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”
Jesus set the example of humility. He left heaven to live on earth like one of us. He had no home during His three-year ministry. He slept wherever He could find a place to rest. He did not come to be served by others. He came to serve. Jesus humbled Himself to die the death of a criminal on a Roman cross even though He did nothing wrong. He put our souls and salvation above His own life.
Throughout His ministry Jesus was a man of peace and humility. He displayed tenderness and compassion towards others even if they didn’t deserve it. Our lives should be outward demonstrations of this same peace and humility.
That’s where the SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE come into play. Satan wants us to get angry, to be selfish, to want the world to revolve around me, myself, and I. When we put on THE SHOES we prevent the devil from getting his way. We become humble, loving people. We promote peace and caring for others. We think of others first.
JOY = Jesus, Others, Yourself. That is the order we should follow. THE SHOES OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE help us do just that.
We can win the battle by not letting Satan rile us. THE SHOES keep us grounded in the example set by Jesus. Remember how Jesus treated people and then do the same.
APPLICATION: Think back on your actions recently. How many times did you show humility by putting someone else’s needs above your own?