Bible Ballistics: BBs #646 Me First!!! Really??? Not New!!!
While we live in a “me” culture, and it’s sure busy right now, our Lord calls us to a higher calling of loving God and loving and caring for others before self—“ME”! Ouch! I thought we were supposed to pursue “self” sufficiency? Jesus calls us to a higher pursuit—the call of God to reach, help and love others.
“And he came to Capernaum:
and being in the house he asked them,
What was it that ye disputed
among yourselves by the way?
34 But they held their peace:
for by the way they had disputed
who should be the greatest.
35 And he sat down,
and called the twelve,
and saith unto them,
If any man desire to be first,
the same shall be last of all,
and servant of all.” Mark 9:33-35
The disciples of Jesus were just like you and I—men of flesh and bone—men with human longings and desires—men who wanted to succeed and advance; and while there is nothing wrong with the pursuit of excellence, there can be something wrong with seeking ‘self’ before God and others.
Jesus gave the disciples another lesson on this same subject which I think worthy of our consideration in the present distress–always. What is our focus? What is our pursuit? What is our desire? To please God and help others, or to come out ahead? While we do have limitations in what we can do right now, where we can go, or how many we can meet with, we can still care for others within the legal limitations we are under. Phone calls are permitted. Text messages are permitted. Letters are permitted. Walking down the street is permitted—even with a smile instead of a frowning complaint! What are we willing to do with our time, talents, and resources? Has God asked you to serve someone that is out of your way? Has He placed someone on your heart to minister to, and you’ve just sloughed it off, or put it off until the present distress is passed? Are we wanting recognition, or is our heart yielding to our Master to minister to others as we have opportunity and means? Jesus elevated service over self! What are you and I doing with that call?
“But Jesus called them to him,
and saith unto them,
Ye know that they which are accounted
to rule over the Gentiles
exercise lordship over them;
and their great ones
exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you:
will be great among you,
shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you
will be the chiefest,
shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man
came not to be ministered unto,
but to minister,
and to give his life
a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
What will we give our life to? For? May we all look around and meet the needs that God brings into our view? Take some time today to pray and look around you, God may be calling you to meet a need. Blessings on your day! Amen!