“What’s in it for me?” This is a question we answer every day as it’s in our nature to look out for our self-interest, especially when we are inconvenienced by demands. The culture may exhibit this pattern of thinking, but as Christ-followers, we are called to a different way of being. It is the way of love that impels us to serve more, stay longer and endure more than we intended. It is going the extra mile and putting the interest of others ahead of ours (Philippians 2:4).
Jesus calls us to conduct our lives this way as we negotiate personal or business deals, work in a challenging place of employment, or handle the difficulties of relationships. Love demands that we look out for the interest of others. That’s what Jesus did for us on the cross, and the Holy Spirit has empowered us to do the same for others. Surprisingly, it is through these acts of humility that we experience a fulfilled, abundant life.