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Feb20

The Sacrificial Act of Putting Others First – Value People as Christ

The Latest Attitude Boost Series Article

 
 
Let’s face it—it’s our nature to focus on #1. No matter how generous the heart, we’re naturally selfish beings. But part of our “re-training” as a follower of Jesus Christ is the positive attitude of putting others first.

We’re on #6 from the eight perspectives in Bruce Witt’s book, The Power of Attitude, that he recommends to make a lasting difference in your purpose and outlook - 

  1. Always Be Thankful
  2. Live in Hope
  3. Fulfill Your Purpose
  4. Be Your Best
  5. Give Your All
  6. Put Others First
  7. Focus on the Eternal
  8. Attack the Day

Value and Serve Others as Relationships Give Meaning to Life

Believing that people are of infinite value begins only by seeing all people as created in God’s image. As God’s image bearers, everyone has worth. In addition to this, Christ died and paid a price to redeem all people from sin; He put a price tag of infinite worth on each one of us. So when people do not know Him and act sinfully or hatefully, we need to not act in kind but to pray for them and love them as Christ did. This attitude frames the foundation of all of our relationships.

We will explore three key ideas of “putting others first”: sacrifice, servant leadership, and community.

SACRIFICE – THE VALLEY OF OTHERS

The ultimate test of love for God and man is in giving away something that we hold so dear. In our world today that would be time and money. Giving is quite foolish to selfish people. The world’s philosophy is “Get all you can, can all you get, and poison all the rest.” Our western world puts a premium on being rich because with it we will have power, influence, and independence. Yet some of the most miserable people on earth are those who have everything and never give back. Some of the happiest people are

the sacrificial givers, for they manifest God in their unselfish attitude. God Himself is the greatest giver (see John 3:16). God will bless you beyond what you need so you may have the chance of becoming His channel of blessing! You may cheerfully and willingly give your time, talent, and treasure for God’s glory and in return receive love, joy, peace, satisfaction, and respect from men!

This generous giving of all of our gifts must move beyond sharing from our plenty. It is an attitude and action of sacrifice. Let’s look at three different verses that give us a context for what sacrifice is and where we should direct it.

“The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:25).

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

We are instructed to serve because that is for our good. When we help others in need, we are not as focused on our needs and we develop an empathy for others. In serving the Lord gives back to us. Jesus not only taught about serving, but He specifically modeled and taught about being a servant leader when He said, “But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves” (Luke 22:26-27).

Three significant ideas stand out as to why servant leadership is better than command and control or economic motivation:

  1. Serving is the most effective way to fulfill God’s purposes,
  2. Serving is countercultural, and
  3. It is the best way to connect people and mission.

COMMUNITY

We all need community and relationships. It is at the heart of our life.

  1. We are relational beings, so believe the best about others.
  2. God meets our needs through a relational community.
  3. Pursue simplicity so that you will have room for people. Don’t be entangled with the things of this world.
  1. Comfort others and you will always have relationships.
  2. We are commanded to be involved with One Another.
»» Be of the same mind toward one another. See Romans 12:16.
»» Love one another. See John 13:34-35.
»» Serve one another. See Galatians 5:13.

Share Your Sacrificial Moments

Do you have any attitude ideas to put others first on a regular basis? Please share them in our blog—we’d love to hear from you.

BW

*Please also read the previous two articles in this series: 

- New Year and Renewed Focus on the Eternal

- Attack the Day! It’s Time for an Attitude Boost!

 

Recommended Resource: 

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7)

Life is full of ups and downs, encouragements and challenges, and the one thing that will help us not only survive but thrive is our attitude.

Bruce’s new book, The Power of Attitude, will help you impact your personal world and extend your influence to the entire world. By learning the eight attitudes that frame your life journey, the Lord can radically change and make a lasting difference in your purpose and outlook.

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“This book provides helpful tools relating to the key issues of growth in character, gratitude, generosity, and how to clarify our hope.“ - Dr. Kenneth Boa, Reflections Ministries

“This must-read will give you encouragement and hope of how the Lord wants to work through you.” - Howard Dayton, Founder of Crown Ministries and Compass – Finances God’s Way

“If we take his approach and appropriate the Power of Attitude we will see a changed world.“ - Terence Chatmon, Author, Do Your Children Believe?, President of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation