How Can I Make The Most of My Life (Part 2)
Posted by: Taylor Sikes
Focus Verse: “And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10
I can speak from experience, that a life focused on myself lead to nothing but unfulfillment, endless searching and emptiness that would only grow deeper and deeper as I pursued myself instead of God. The sin of selfishness, rooted in pride, blinds us from living a full and rich life of abundant love that is found only in Christ. When we can receive the free gift of life from Jesus, and really see how much we receive from Him, we then can begin to give to others freely and serve them with tenderness, appreciation and kindness that fills our hearts in ways that we could have never imagined.
We are made to love God first and then immediately love others.
As we intercede for others daily, serve others and anticipate the needs of those who are hurting and broken, we often find that the things we have been awaiting for ourselves come to fruition because it simply changes our heart to be selfless.
Knowing who we are in Christ makes us desire deeply for others to know their identity in Him too; and we can make sacrifices for them as a representative of Christ by serving them, loyaly and lovingly.
The peace we have been looking for in our hearts during a season of anxiousness can often come through praying faithfully for your best friend to find peace while they are searching for a job to sustain their family. The freedom from fear you’ve been looking for can come as you step out for a family member and offer help in the middle of a divorce; even when it might be uncomfortable. So often we are searching for things for ourselves when really we need to be searching on the behalf of others, because in Jesus we are already found.
Scripture Meditations for this week: