Jesus, others, you. I think the first person who told me about that acronym was a girl of the same name, and it has stuck with me ever since. If only we could all put Jesus first, and then put others before ourselves. It’s easier said than done.
Putting Jesus first is hugely important! However, because of some verses I stumbled across today, I’d like to focus more on the last part of that acronym. Others, then you.
Philippians 2:3-11 says this:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. 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. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death–even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Putting others first has a lot to do with humility. It’s about being willing to put aside your own interests and focusing instead on the interests of others.
This doesn’t mean that we should always be trying to please other people–doing that leads nowhere good. It doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to be unhappy. Rather, if our intentions are good, we should find joy in putting others first!
Jesus had every right to be served, but instead He made Himself a servant of others. He humbled Himself. To be a Christian means to follow Christ. To follow in His footsteps. To love your neighbor as yourself and to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
- The Single Greatest Post Ever Written on Humility (calvarytraining.org)
- Why We Shouldn’t Be Number 1 (chrislinzey.wordpress.com)