Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God
There is power in serving others. There is power loving others. If your choices are scored on a rubric as performance tasks then demonstrating God is on your side through loving others, serving others, forgiving others, showing mercy to others, being honest, etc. will show through. Putting others first will shine through.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so. 10 We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
18 Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way. 19 I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.
Choosing Jesus’ way will bring strife in the world. The world has a certain set of expectations and acceptable behaviors. In contrast, Jesus’ path will have some different expectations.
Preserving self interest is the way of the world. That’s why Peter denied Jesus–self preservation.
Picking up your cross is hard work. It’s physical, emotional, and spiritual. It’s constant work. Yet the labors are fulfilling. It’s living the way Jesus died.
When you continue to progress and grow through servanthood, it shows what fuels you.
Are you fueled by Jesus, or fueled by accolades of the world?