Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus – Philippians 2:5 (NIV)
To be a servant requires a mental shift, a change in your attitudes. God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements. King Amaziah lost God’s favor because “he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not with a true heart” (2 Chronicles 25:2 NRSV)
Servants think more about others than about themselves. Servants focus on others, not themselves. This is true humility; not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less. They are self-forgetful. Paul said, “Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:4 Msg). This is what it means to “lose your life”–forgetting yourself in service to others. When we stop focusing on our own needs, we become aware of the needs around us.
(IES South Digest, submitted by Mario Pasla)