“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:3-4)
Put someone else’s interests above your own.
There are so many ways to love our brothers and sisters in Christ, and just one of them is through acts of service. We all know what a blessing that can be when we are the recipient. Choosing to sacrifice time and energy you’d really like to put toward something else and going out of your way to show true kindness is fervent love in action. Make a conscious decision to put someone else’s interests above your own. Fervent love often costs us something. If it never does, maybe it’s not as fervent as we think.
How can you serve?
Do you know someone who has had a tough week? Double that soup recipe and take them a pot. Don’t have your own kids yet? Offer a night of free babysitting to a family who does. Spot a note in the bulletin requesting help with an upcoming event? Volunteer to pitch in. Have expertise in painting? Computer repair? Photography? Landscaping? Use your gifts to bless others. (1 Peter 4:10)
It’s God’s time.
It’s a simple concept, but it’s surprising how selfish we get with our schedules, priorities, and energy. Hold all of that in an open hand, prepared and eager to give it to others as a way of being fervent in love. There’s something rewarding about viewing your calendar as the Lord’s. After all, it’s His whether you see it that way or not.
“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-27)