Very well expressed. But that is neither Orthodoxy nor Protestantism, is it?
Here I would disagree. While ultimately every believer has to decide for themselves to serve God and not themselves, the doctrine of the Orthodox Church teaches us that we are to have a servant's heart, and that we are to be humble. One of the Psalms included in our Daily prayers is Psalm 50 (Psalm 51 in your canon):
New King James Version (NKJV)
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
According to Your lovingkindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned,
And done this evil in Your sight—
That You may be found just when You speak,[a]
And blameless when You judge.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins,
And blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
The God of my salvation,
And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;
You do not delight in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.
During the Thursday services of Holy Week at many of the Orthodox Cathedrals, there is a foot washing ceremony where the Bishop will wash the feet of the priests.
Quite often in many of our hymns and prayers, the theme of humbleness runs through. During the weeks of Great Lent, we learn about the Prodigal Son, the Publican and the Pharisee, the ten virgins... all of these speak to us having a servants heart, ready and willing to serve God.
I don't hear this message coming from many of the main stream Protestant speakers of today. They speak of the Prosperity Gospel, having an abundant life, and living a life of greatness.
Where are the themes of suffering? Where are the themes of humbleness? Where are the themes of sin?
I will not say that no Protestant ministers are preaching on these topics; but this is not what the mega churches are putting out.
I believe part of the reason the congregations at these mega churches are so big is because themes like humbleness, servitude, and sin are not discussed. People want to hear about having an abundant life filled with money and fame; they don't want to hear about having to repent.
Hmmm... earnest prayer for the good state of the Lord's Church, and f aithfulness in our own contribution and example. Not easy, of course.