Investing in Others
Last night I taught on Chapter 7 of Crazy Love and spoke a lot on how important it is to invest ourselves in the lives of other people. Far too often we get so absorbed in our own lives that we fail to see the need in other people’s lives. Our needs and wants become so large to us, that the needs and wants of others is no longer visible to us. Or, we just plain out choose not to notice. We write people off, whether it is because they have hurt us, we don’t have time, or because we are too embarrassed to be seen with them. How disturbing is this? Jesus wasn’t embarrassed to be seen with the outcasts of the world. He didn’t write off the people who hurt Him. He didn’t deem His time too valuable to get involved with people. No, He gave of Himself every chance He got. Jesus gave of Himself constantly. Yes, there were times where He slipt away to have alone time with God, but after that time He put Himself back in the lives of others. How many times do we see in Scripture where Jesus was serving others? Jesus lived His life in such a way that there is no way of denying His love for people. He loved ALL people. He invested in the lives of others. We, as Christians and believers in Jesus Christ, are called to do the same. We are called to live our lives in such a way that there is no denying our love for people.
1 John 3:16-20 (The Message)
16-17This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. 18-20My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.