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Living A Selfless Life Июль 21, 2010

Posted by Alyosha Kolodiy in Today's Devotional.

Have you ever noticed that as children develop they can go through a stage of selfishness? Everything is “mine” and their entire focus is around what they want, where they want to go, and what they want to do. There is rarely room for anyone or anything else. Like children, many of us can find ourselves armed with the same mindset. We as Christians do not recognize selfishness is not as a fruit of the Spirit, therefore it shouldn’t be allowed to have a home in our lives. Jesus, our example, lived a selfless life. So, we too should find ourselves living selflessly.

Some people have never considered thinking about someone else. The world is full of individuals who are mentally overtaken by the events of their own lives: relationships, finances, job, ministry, kids, etc. Their lives always seem to be at the forefront of every thought and conversation. As pastors, my husband and I are amused when someone comes to us for wisdom and we are never able to impart into them because the individual won’t be quiet. They walk out of our office feeling lighter as if we helped them. They were oblivious to the fact that they never actually heard from us, but rather spent the entire time talking about themselves. They left no room to discuss anyone else or how they can impact another’s life.
We can’t become so inebriated with the cares of our lives that we allow them to take up any opportunity we may have to bless someone else.

Bless someone else!

Someone once asked me, “How do you expect me to bless someone else when I have to deal with all of this?” You first make the decision to move your thoughts away from yourself and consider sowing a seed of time, prayer, or assistance to someone else. In return you will receive a harvest of time, prayer, and assistance. However, focusing solely on yourself barricades you into a life of isolation, hindering the blessings you can offer to another.

Living free of selfishness can come by investing in someone else’s life even if there are needs in your own. The greatest way to live free of a situation is to help free someone else first. Paul said it this way in Acts 20:35, “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
To the natural mind that makes no sense. Why would I try helping someone when I have the same problem? Simple, you reap what you sow.

If you sow help, you’ll reap help and you usually get back more than what you put out. If you want wisdom and encouragement coming in, you’ve got to send it out. Starting today, pull away from focusing on yourself and ask the Lord how you can help someone else.

Have a great day!
Daily Scripture: Acts 20:35 NIV



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