Please, Go ahead of me…

In this world of personal service and convenience we sometimes get caught up in getting our way all the time. But Paul reminds us in 1 Cor. 10:24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well being.

I know that many times in my life, I fail to heed the advice of this verse. We all as humans like to get our own way. It is in our carnal nature. But as believers we are commanded to take heed of our actions as they relate to other believers and in accordance with God’s Word. But by obeying the principles of love and service shown in the Scriptures we see the God working in the lives of others and are able to discern His will for our own lives.

The secular world does not view life as such. In everything around us, in print, TV and in media we are encouraged to live for ourselves, to take care of # 1, to place our own needs, desires and wants first. By ignoring commandments to serve and place others before us, sin is produced in our daily living. This sin in turn will isolate us from those dear to us who can also help, encourage and uplift us as we live day to day. God did not create us to be isolated; we were created to be independent.

John 13:20 I tell you for certain that anyone who welcomes my messengers also welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.

This scripture explains to us, that when we meet other believers we are actually coming face to face with our Savior.  We should have a deep respect, love and humility toward others whose lives have been redeemed by the Lamb. We cannot just go on our merry ways and pretend that we have no responsibility toward our brothers and sisters in Christ. Their welfare is our duty and responsibility

(I Cor. 8:9) But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.”

This is the attitude and actions of a person who is truly living for the Lord and truly concerned about the seeing others come to Christ.  We should all have the attitude….”If it offends my brother, I will not do it, even to the end of the world, I will not offend or cause someone to stumble”, this is an act of service. God will hold us personally responsible for and accountable for our actions toward others. We cannot let our liberty and freedom in our Salvation; cause us to neglect our servant’s responsibility to the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 5:6  Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? What Paul is explaining here that our individual actions are reflected in all believers’ lives, in our homes and in our church. If we sin, it is not in isolation as we sometimes assume. Our sinful actions can bring pain and harm to others.

We have a responsibility to hold ourselves to the standard given to us in God’s Word, living our lives in a way that does not hurt others but uplifts them and encourages them. By denying ourselves we allow God’s Spirit to put to death our carnal inclinations to be self-centered. We will never notice or be aware of the needs of those around us as long as our eyes are focused on ourselves. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and free us from our own selfishness , our lives will be released and free to bless our families, friends, church, community, world and most importantly….OURSELVES!

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Categories: Body of Christ, Friends, God, Jesus, Love, Service, Thankful

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4 replies

  1. Makes pretty good sense to me dude.

    Lou
    http://www.mask-your-ip.se.tc

  2. Not only in Church, but out side the 4 walls of the Church is where service is needed. It is MHO that all should spend at least one year of their life in ministering in a nursing home or to the homeless on the street. It can be very rewarding. So many are looking for a ministry to serve. The best thing to do if you are looking to give of yourself in service is to ask your Pastor where you can seve.

    “A Servants Heart”
    I can hear the sound of music,
    It’s like a rushing mighty wind.
    I’ve come to join the worship band,
    Glorious shouts I will ascend.
    Lord I’ll praise You with my instruments,
    I’ll praise You with all my might.
    I’m Yours to serve forever,
    I’ll surrender without a fight.
    Fine tune me for Your pleasure,
    Write Your score upon my heart.
    Cause rising up within me,
    Is a song about to start.
    Sing, Hallelujah,
    Praise ye the Lord.
    Be Glorified Holy Master,
    Your name I Bless and adore.

    Copyright ©2007 Janice Cash

  3. You hit the nail on the head right there, Pastor Darrell–it is the power of the Holy Spirit that is working through us to open our eyes, to let us clearly see. It starts when we begin to walk through the doors that God opens to us, when we choose to take that first step in. The more we listen, observe, learn and receive the truth, the more we become enlightened, resign ourselves, and serve as we are called to. As you have so wisely said, when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and free us from our own selfishness, our lives will be released and free to bless others. That is the whole point to living, in a nutshell!

    There is an awareness that transcends us in the process, which we must be in touch with as servants of God. We may help serve, love, and lead others to Christ, but we need not be subject to abusive behavior, and must be careful about maintaining our own physical, emotional and spiritual energy. The devil will use anything to bring us down. It is very easy for us to become drained and have nothing left to give. We replenish ourselves with the Word of God and rely on our relationship with our Heavenly Father to strengthen and continue to use and guide us.

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