Monday, 23 January 2017

DON’T BE SELFISH

 TEXT: JOSHUA 1 : 14b-15

“You are to help your brothers until the Lord gives them rest, as He has done for you. And until they too have taken possession of the land that the lord your God is giving them.
After that, you may go back and occupy your own land.”  (Joshua1:14b-15).

There is a popular saying that “we should be our brother’s keeper.” This means that we should be able to render help and assistance to our fellow human beings that need our help.
Rather than being indifferent or carefree of what other people are going through, we should be available and be happy to provide help and assistance for them.
As believers, we should have the mind of Christ to live a selfless life like Jesus did. We should not be self-centered. “Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
 (Philippians 2:3-5).

Selfishness is when you think of yourself alone without thinking of other people around you. When all you can think of is your own success while some other people are struggling in the area where you can be of help to them, and you refused to render your help and assistance; it means you are selfish!
A selfish man would not render help for other that are struggling to make it, even though they have the knowledge and skills needed for the person to be successful.

God is using the anchor text to teach and encourage us not to be selfish, or think of our own interest alone. God wants us to use the gift and knowledge He gave to us to help others that are in need. The same way the Lord has supported you to be great in life, do the same to others that are looking up to you for help and assistance.
Whatever you are is by the grace of God and not by your own power. As the lord has been your help and your guide to be successful, so also should you be a guide and help to others that are coming behind you.
You will be more fulfilled when you know that you are impacting lives.
When you help other to build their destiny, the Lord will make you to be more established in your endeavors.
Lifting others up will not make you to fall. Do not be afraid to help other to grow or become successful. As you nurture others to grow, so shall you continue to grow and wax stronger because the Lord will continue to nourish you.
Make it a lifestyle to help others to be successful. Selfishness is not of God, be an exemplary of Christ!

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