“Jesus first, others second, and yourself last.”
It was a dictum ingrained in my mind growing up in church. If I’m a Christian then others’ needs should always precede my own, right?
Heck, the Bible makes it clear. Look at what Paul says in Philippians:
“In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
It seemed as plain as day to me. How could anyone argue that you can follow God and put yourself above others? It’s an oxymoron.
But about a year ago, someone did argue it to me.
The challenger wasn’t a non-Christian either… it was my Bible study leader, friend, and mentor – easily one of the most giving, loving, and servant-hearted people I’ve ever met.