Jesus isn’t asking us to do anything he did not do himself! As king, he is not asking his subjects to do what he wouldn’t do. Truly, as king, he is a man of the people! He took on the difficult, dirty, lowly role himself and it is out of that role that he was exalted to his kingship. “For in ‘pouring himself out’ and ‘humbling himself to death on a cross,’ Christ Jesus has revealed the very character of God himself.” [Fee, p. 197]
So examine your own motives. Examine your own ambitions. What reasons lie behind your actions? What motives drive your behavior? Do you look out for number 1? Do you protect your own interests? Do you fight or advocate for your own desires and preferences?
Or do you consider the needs of others above your own?