Devotion – September 8, 2015 – Thinking of Others First

1corinthians10_24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.
—1 Corinthians 10:24

Have you ever seen the TV show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition?  I used to watch that show and one of the things I loved most was how the people being helped were such givers.  In fact, they usually were seeking the good of others over themselves so much that their own situation was pretty dire.  It also always warmed my heart that so many of them were Christians living out their faith.

In our verse for today, we are being called to seek the good of others over ourselves.  Notice it’s seeking the good of others.  That implies we’re doing more than thinking/talking about it, we’re doing something!

This can be a shocking concept because so much of the world talks about looking out for #1.  But this is really a natural extension of our Christian faith.  God takes care of us and He tells us not to worry, not about food and clothes (Luke 12:22), not about tomorrow (Matt 6:34), not about persecution (Luke 21:12-16).  Since God is taking care of us and we do not have to worry about ourselves that frees us up to seek the good of others.  In this way we emulate Christ, himself, who “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt 20:28)

Heavenly Father,

In the book of Genesis You are called “Jehovah-jireh” which means “God will provide”.  Indeed, You do provide for us.  You give us food and shelter, life and purpose, hope and salvation.  You give us an abundant life.  Help us then to give to others out of this great abundance that You have given us so that others may see our good works and glorify the Father.


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