I read something in the Bible the other day that sparked my interest. (that happens a lot). It was a passage that instructs us to be interested in something that interests God. What is it? People.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get a bit too wrapped up in myself, my life, my thoughts, my wants, my dreams, my likes and my dislikes. Like it’s all about me. Me. Me. Me. I hope you’re never like that. It’s ugly.
When I get “all about me”, the Holy Spirit reminds me of Philippians chapter 2. This is painful but here it is…
Philippians 2:3 – (NLT) – “Don’t be selfish;”
How much more blunt can you get than that?
Selfishness is something I pray against. I think it’s so unbecoming. So not Christ-like. So… selfish. And I just don’t want to be selfish. Makes me sad when I am. (so I repent)
Verse 4 picks it up saying…
“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. (Wow – that’s big) Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.”
Maybe you’ve heard people say that you should have the same attitude as Jesus. What was that attitude? He was unselfish. He was more interested in the needs of others than His own divine privileges. He left His divine privilegs behind when He saw how sick, depraved and in need of a Savior the world He loved was.
How interested are we in others? Are we willing to be bothered? Are we willing to be inconvenienced? Are we willing to give up our own ease, pleasure and comfort to ease someone else’s pain. Give pleasure to those who are mistreated? And comfort the suffering?
Are we willing to take on the same attitude Jesus Christ had and be (not just say that we are) interested in others. I mean really interested in others. The kind of interesed where we go out of our way to make someone else’s life better. Share with someone who has less. Give to someone who has suffered loss?
I encourage you to take a moment and do a little self-evaluation. (I’ve done this) Just take a look and see if your attitude includes the interests of others. When you make decisions do you think about how those decisions will affect others? Do you let others into your life? Are you interested in others?
If we want to have the same attitude as Christ, we will be interested in others.
There are many ways we can show interest in others.
In the wake of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, we have a great opportunity to show interest in those who are hurting. How? They desperately need our prayers.
This church and this community need us to pray that the comfort of God will be wrapped around the hurting. They don’t need us to push our own agenda. They don’t need us to be divided. They need us to be interested enough in their pain and their tragedy to pray to our God who can heal them. So let’s do that…
We lift up our brothers and sisters who have been affected by such a dastardly act in this shooting. We ask that your presence would surround them and that You would give them comfort and peace in a time of pain and tragedy. You are their hope. You are their peace. And we know that you will be their solace in the storm.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Show interst in someone today.