1 Cor. 10:24 People should be concerned about others and not just about themselves.
In other words, help your brother or sister out. Lend a helping hand. Give without being asked. Volunteer your services according to the goodness in your heart, as your reward lies in heaven. Not that you should give looking for a reward. We should give because we want to, but sometimes it is easier said than done.
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 number one – 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. We as believers who are washed in the precious blood of Christ are to be salt and light to the world.
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 should also give the same love respect and humility to the lost. We are directed to share the love of Christ equally with those in the body of Christ and with the lost. We cannot just go on our merry ways and pretend that we have no responsibility toward both the lost, and 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.”
There should be a prevailing attitude among Christians that is grounded in grace, and founded in humility. We should show the attitude and actions of a people who are 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. This is an act of humility. 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, and to a lost and dying world that does not know the joy of salvation.
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 the 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!
Matthew 23:11 But he who is greatest among you will be your servant
In conclusion let us be reminded that Jesus taught us by words and example that the greatest among us is a servant of all. Servicing others is the way to honor in the eyes of God. Those among us that would be most esteemed ought to do the most for others; and those among us that have the most grace, and the greatest gifts, should employ them for the use and benefit of others. This is the will and desire for all of us in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Inspirational Bible Verses – Philippians 4:13 – Christ Strengthens Me (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- Being A Servant (billbroganonline.com)
- Inspirational Bible Verses- Being Saved Born Again – Romans 10:9 (darrellcreswell.wordpress.com)
- Living Faith (myheartsmission.com)
- Serving Christ by Serving Others…. [Servant Leadership] (garykellyblog.wordpress.com)