Have you ever heard the acrostic for Joy. Jesus, others, yourself. I remember my parents drilling that into my mind growing up. I remember the teachers at my Christian school would do it as well. There is a lot of truth to that acrostic, but I feel we are not living like it. I feel if we were asked to admit that this is the way it should be, we would all agree, “Yes,” but are our attitude, decisions, and actions backing up what we believe. Remember how you behave determines how you believe.

The culture and heartbeat of our student ministry must be Jesus, others, ourselves! This is where the source for true joy is located. How can we do this?

  1. Put other people’s needs ahead of your own- Philippians 2:4 can be translated, Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interest of others!”John Piper said, “Let each of you look not only to your own financial affairs, or your own property, or your own family, or your own health, or your own reputation, or your own education, or your own success, or your own happiness—don’t just think about that, don’t just have desires about that, don’t just strategize about that, don’t just work toward that; but look to the financial affairs and property and family and health, and reputation, and education, and success, and happiness of others.”Matthew 22:39– Love the Lord and love otherWhen I was in Florida for college, I worked at an Elementary school in the Extended Education program. This happened after school until the students got picked up which was always around 6:00 pm. We had about 300 students in our after school program, and this ranged from kindergarten through 6th grade. When we would call water break, they all would come running from the playground up front, and many of them would push and shove to be first in line. They wanted to be first.We do not act like this in these type of situations, but we often do in terms of our decisions. Make the good of others the focus of your interest and strategy

    2. Learn to enjoy serving others 

    Philippians 2:6 shows us that He was in the form of God. He was like God. He is God! He possesses the nature of God. Then in verse 7, we see He made Himself of no reputation. He emptied Himself not of His deity. He did not demand His rights to His deity. He set aside His rights for you!

    Jesus’ Christ ministry was completely for others! He was not here for Himself, He was here for others. He came for others. He did not come to be ministered unto, but to minister! He came to serve the sinners of this world and radically change their life! He came to die for us, and we are not even willing to limit ourselves for the needs of someone else.
    Warren Wiersbe said, “What grace! From Heaven to earth, from glory to shame, from master to servant, from life to death, even the death of the cross.”

             3. Try and sacrifice for others- V. 8

Stop worrying about, how is this going to benefit me?

Dr. J.H. Jowett said, “Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing.”

He went as far to sacrifice His life so that you and I could have life and life more abundantly!

Are you humble?

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