We have to have a humble attitude

September 3, 2018

What should our attitude be as we reach a community? I believe there are three characteristics that should be evident — humility, compassion and truth.

Humility
When we go into a community, we have to have a humble attitude. We have to go understanding that we are not better than the people in the community. We don’t know better than Jesus what the community needs. We have to humble ourselves, ask questions, and have a heart that wants to listen and is willing to hear.

Humility is exemplified in the way that Jesus humbled himself in coming to earth as seen in Philippians 2.. Jesus’ ministry was marked by compassion. When He saw crowds, it says that “He was moved with compassion.”

Compassion
Jesus’ ministry was marked by compassion. When He saw crowds, it says that “He was moved with compassion.”

When we go into a community, we need to have compassion. We need to get to know the people. We need to hear their stories and have our hearts broken. We need to be driven to our knees in prayer. Through tears, we need to plead with God to work in these people’s lives.

Truth
Although Jesus was humble and compassionate, He didn’t shy away from truth. He spoke it with love.

It’s easy to come in to a community and try to meet needs. We can feel good about meeting needs. Needs are important, but ultimately people need to know the gospel.

As we enter communities, we need to find a way to lovingly earn trust, to lovingly be able to speak into people’s lives and to lovingly give them the truth they really need.


by Joe Maye  
/  Contributing Writer

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