Look to the Interests of Others
“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)
God can help us be a part of something bigger than ourselves. This is foreign to the world’s view that we have to look out for our own interests because nobody else will. For the Christian, the blessed reality is that our Lord and Savior is our refuge and strength; our protector and our provider; the one who has our back and has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Because of this, we can go past the banality of a self-centered life.
When we live for “me, myself and I” or circle the wagons and make it about our little family and circle of friends, life becomes boring. But when we reach out in Jesus’ name to prisoners and their families; to children that we can bring to Sunday school; to a shut-in who may be lonely; to someone who may be in the hospital for the holidays; to a brother or sister who may be grieving the loss of a loved one; we find fulfillment and abundant life. Why? Because that’s the heart of God, and we are never more like him than when our hearts go out to others.
But we can’t fall into the trap of good works. It must be a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives so that we are not only quickened, but also divinely equipped, to reach out to others in love.
Let’s ask the Lord to lead us by his Holy Spirit to give a cup of water in his name and do anything else he would want us to do for someone in need. As you look out for the interests of others, the Lord will take care of you and yours.
Read Philippians 2:1-11.