Hello Friends, you know one of the most beautiful things we can enjoy is the splendor of God’s creation. The majesty of His handiwork never ceases to amaze me, and I love taking walks outside and hearing the “chirp, chirp” of the little birds, seeing the beautiful flowers, or hearing the powerful sounds of the crashing waves.
I believe that the deeper we fall in love with Christ, the more we will desire to serve Him. A heart that is saved is a heart that loves others and desires to serve. How can we say that we love others if we don’t desire to serve? That’s a complete oxymoron, because Christ is all about giving. God commands us to give, to serve, and to do His work.
While attaining spiritual maturity is wonderful, that’s not the end-all, be all. We need to apply it to our lives and the lives of others. It’s not enough to just sit in all the classes, soak up all of the information, and then leave without living it out.
It would be like this place – this is an area that I walk by sometimes. Water comes in here from the bay, and because of the layout of the land, it has no way of emptying itself. The water that is trapped is stinky, get’s moldy, and plain ‘ole reeks! This is just like those people who only consume Bible studies, groups, books, classes but then don’t put into practice what they’ve learned. They don’t minister or serve others. The result is a stagnant life.
Sorry to be gross, but it needs to be said – your selfish! And it’s very, VERY obvious. You are the people who are looking for “what’s in it for me” instead of “how can I help you?” Selfishness is about ME, not WE. Can you see the difference? I hope so.
Friends, did Christ come to take, or to give? As believers, we are all part of the body of Christ, and every part is dependent on each other in order to function. There are times when certain parts of the body will need more attention, nurturing, love or care than other parts. This is why having a heart of giving and serving is so important, because when one part hurts, then the others can come to help. In order for there to be health, vitality and life, everything that has been learned in the Bible studies, groups, and reading must be put to use – and that is through serving/giving/ministry.
When you give, then you are allowing the “stinky water” to naturally be expressed. I want you to see the difference between what fresh water looks like, and stagnant water.
There needs to be a healthy outlet for our spiritual maturity to be expressed, and that’s why giving to others is so important. Look at the difference between the waters. Which would you prefer? The stinky, slimy, green stagnant water? Or the free flowing, fresh, vibrant water? The reality is this: We are truly alive when we’re giving – and you can clearly see it in the fresh, flowing water here:
God desires for us to love others and give to others. This means that we need to live a selfless life and learn to give. When we give to one another as the body of Christ, we not only make a difference in this world but we make an eternal significance.
Friends, when I see selfishness, pride or a “what’s in it for me” attitude, I’ll be honest – I am saddened and angry. However, I recognize that I, too, am in need of His mercy, forgiveness and grace. My prayer is that we all develop a longing, a desire, to seek the heart of Christ and to love what He loves, hate what He hates, and grow to give.
May our lives be characterized by loving, giving, and serving one another.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Dr. Christy 🙂