Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
This has got to be one of the most challenging directives given in Scripture! One of the reasons God places such high value on humility is that it is so rarely achieved. The Lord, Himself, has accomplished humility better than anyone else in the whole, wide world. Think of it – Jesus, who had been living in the glory and splendor of heaven, constantly with the Heavenly Father, chose to come to earth as a man to serve man. He took on the very nature of a servant (verse 7). Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He hung out with people others would find questionable. He taught thousands of people, many following Him around (invading His personal space, I’m sure), and He never charged a fee. Many came to Him, begging to be healed or to have Him heal a family member. Many asked Jesus silly questions, hoping to trip Him up on His Scriptural knowledge. He allowed man to hurt Him, humiliate Him, kill Him – all so He could save us. I am so humbled by this.
Christian Recovery Counseling is a ministry that serves others. The reality, however, is that we are able to do so, because so many other people provide financial support. I can tell you that CRC has served hundreds of clients in financial need over the years, but that does not make us great. That, alone, does not mean we are servant hearted. The only reason we are able to offer professional, Christian counseling to those who cannot pay for that service is because God makes it happen. God is the provider. Isn’t it amazing that God, the creator of the universe, cares so much about each and every one of us? There have been billions of people who have occupied and who will occupy this planet; and yet, He cares enough to meet the needs of this small nonprofit ministry in Golden Valley and Rockford, MN so that we can continue to serve those He brings our way. This ministry is not great because it provides services at little to no cost to so many people. God is great because He allows us to be a part of that miracle. It is with a humble heart that I recognize this fact. I pray that God continues to work in me, so that I can achieve the humility and servant heart that He desires me to have. It is because of Christ’s perfect example of humility that you and I have hope along the way.
Guest post by Colleen Prudhomme, Executive Director of Christian Recovery Counseling.