Christians Have The Most Fulfilling Lives
What we need to be fulfilled in life is to serve someone else. That someone is the Lord. When we serve people God says we are serving Him.
Matthew 25:40, 45: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. . . . Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Proverbs 19:17: He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
When we do nothing for the Lord or for others we shrivel up as persons. We harm ourselves. We become more like Scrooge than we care to admit. When we serve ourselves we have the services of a weak unreliable servant. When we serve ourselves we forfeit the services of The Almighty and Loving God. God wants to take care of us and meet our every need. He is our Commander In Chief and yet He is our servant. He does not serve us our wrong and sinful desires. He gives us what we need and what is best for us.
Serving Him and others opens the channel for Him to bless us. Serving ourselves blocks that channel. Serving ourselves is sin. Serving God and others is righteousness. When we are selfish it earns no reward from God. Selfishness is our fundamental flaw. God is the only totally unselfish being. We can only become unselfish when He makes us unselfish. We can only become unselfish when He plants Himself in us.
Ephesians 3:17: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
2 Corinthians 5:14a: For the love of Christ constraineth us; . . .
We naturally believe that the fulfilling life will happen if we get everything we want. The fulfilling life is getting what God wants. He promises to meet our needs and wants us to meet the needs of others. We can afford to meet the needs of others because God meets our needs. Meeting the needs of others can seem like a sacrifice. The spiritual truth is that it is no sacrifice. God gives us what we need in the first place and then replaces what we give away. If He doesn*t replace it dollar for dollar, He replaces it blessing for dollar and the blessing will be worth more than the dollar.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 4:28: Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
God uses our work to meet the needs of others and sometimes of ourselves.
2 Thessalonians 3:10: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Deuteronomy 8:18a: But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, . . .
If unselfishness is not part of your life, you are either unsaved or out of the will of God.
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