It all seems to come back to us needing/having the mind of Christ. Godly wisdom is seeing from His point of view.
2 Desire without knowledge is not good–how much more will hasty feet miss the way.
Axiom: No one should seek his/her own good,
but the good of others.
1 Corinthians 10:24
Put another way, each of us should seek others’ good over our own. It’s not a matter of neglecting ourselves, but of making sure that our good does not overrun someone else’s. It’s putting others first.
Jesus put it this way, “In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” Matthew 7:12. When we put others before ourselves and think about their good rather than our own, we come close to thinking like Jesus. He left heaven for us. Why? Because we needed Him. Still do. More than ever.
In Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples before He went to the cross, He gave this charge:
34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples: if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
When we put others first, we are showing the love of Jesus. It’s His signature move, so to speak. When we do, people will know that we belong to Christ, for they see Him in us. The greater the contrast, the greater the display of love. We need to be ready to display His love in extravagant ways–but, this will mean higher stakes. It may even mean that we face dire circumstances. Are we willing to show His love in the face of grave danger? We will be if we know that love intimately, up-close and personal. Daily. Hourly. Continuously. It’s what He’s always wanted! Can you imagine the God of the universe wanting a close and intimate relationship with you? It’s true! Getting us back was always the plan.
He wants to help us with every decision. His view is much bigger than ours and He can see what’s coming. It fulfills two objectives:
- Keeping us safe from the evil one, and
- Spending quality time with us. It’s a good thing that He lives in us!
Today, let’s be like Jesus and put others ahead of ourselves. Ask Him what to do; He knows just the right way to do it.
Abba, I want to be just like You. By being like Jesus, I can! May I continue to learn how to put others before myself. I’m going to need the mind of Christ to do it–thank YOU that I have it through the Spirit! Amen.