Because Life Is More than Money             

    “How may I help you?” “How are you?” “Need some help?” “Let me help you with that.” “Let me get the door for you.” “After you.” Do this,  :) .

     Everyday life for most of us has at least some or a lot of really hard stuff – cancer, divorce, an accident, etc.

     So, even when we are in a hard circumstance of everyday life, we are to help others. What!? That sounds like a bigger burden for an already over-burdened person. That could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. How could that be right?

    The Apostle Paul while unjustly imprisoned wrote the Book of Philippians. Among many very challenging instructions to us, God had him write, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” at Chapter 2, verse 4. As Paul wrote to the Philippians “add to my joy by looking out for one another”, so also God is happy with us when we put ourselves second to others.

   As I am studying Philippians I find most scholars believe that an often missed lesson is that God instructs us to put others first even when we are the one with cancer or the one divorcing or the one suffering through injuries. To make that lesson more vivid to us, God caused Paul to write it while he was unjustly in prison. Part of what I make of that is it is never okay to put ourselves and our interests before others and their interests. One reason is we cannot be healed by self-focus. Healing always comes from the love and care extended to us by others.

   Jesus is the ultimate example of obedience to Philippians 2:4. While deserving the paradise of His home with His Father, Jesus willingly put on flesh and went to the dusty, dirty earth to live among us selfish cantankerous folks. After a short 30 plus years of earthly life, He submitted to a tortuous death by crucifixion. Then three days in the tomb. Then more days on dusty, dirty earth among folks who doubted His resurrection. Only then did His Father call Him back to Himself in heaven.   

   John 13:34-35 reads, “So now I (Jesus) am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.”

   Romans 13:8 reads, “Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.”

   Happy putting others and their interests before yourself and your interest!


                                                                        Doug Johnson