Humble: free from pride or vanity; modest, respectful, and lowly.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility think of others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
It’s impossible to let God work in every way He wants if you are not humble. If we let our ego come up on these mission trips (or any time in life) we are blocking the things God wants us to do and learn from, He teaches us through actions, among other things, but how often do we follow these things? There are tasks that we would never dream of doing, that aren’t things we want to do and we think “that can’t be what I’m here for, God made me for something better than that!” Guess what, God made you to serve him and bring Him glory in any way He provides, we don’t get to pick and choose based on what we think we deserve.
On example of this comes from a story my youth pastor Joe Valenti told us about his mission trip to El Salvador. The one washing machine the people there had broke down and that was the place where they washed all the babies dirty diapers, something needed to be done. He watched/stalked Linda who had decided this was a way she could serve. She went back and forth washing dirty, poopy, nasty diapers by hand because God had just provided an opportunity or her to serve, how many people would have done that? It’s disgusting, but it’s exactly what God calls us to do.
God calls us to stop thinking of ourselves and get down on the ground and wash dirty diapers for others. It is impossible to serve God while thinking of ourselves. Our ego doesn’t mater when we submit our life’s to Christ, so why do we hang onto it? In fact if we actually do submit our lives to Christ our ego shouldn’t be there at all, we submitted out lives to Christ which means we are willing to serve Him in any way, not just ways that we find pleasing! There is no room for stars on the mission field-just servants and our world is the mission field.
Oh and by the way, Joe married Linda and they lived happily ever after.