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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

When I’m Selfless, It Brings Out the Best In Others

In review of Galatians 6:7-8 it says, “The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life”

Bottom Line:
If you ignore others and only sow to fulfill your own desires you’ll only reap weeds. If you plant in response to God goals and desires you’ll reap everlasting life.

What this means to me:
If I only plant my own selfishness, ignore the needs of others, ignore God, I’ll only end up harvesting weeds. A man reaps what he sows. If I plant in response to Go, letting his Spirit do the growth work will harvest a crop of real and eternal life.

Today's passage comes from the first part of Galatians chapter 6 in which Paul speaks of harvesting what we plant. Paul starts this section off by telling me to gently and humbly help other believers that may have been overcome by sin, back onto the right path. Also I am to share other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If I think myself too important to help someone, I'm only fooling myself.

I am to pay careful attention to my own work, then I can obtain the satisfaction of a job well done and won't need to compare myself with others. For I am responsible for my own conduct.

And lastly to not be misled. I cannot mock the justice of God. I will always harvest what I plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. Those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.  Therefor, whenever I have the opportunity, I should do good to everyone, especially to others in the family of the faith.

In general, selfishness destroys relationships. It is the number one cause of conflict, arguments, divorce, and even war.

James 4:1 said, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (NIV) Every trouble starts because of our self-centeredness.

It’s very easy for selfishness to creep into relationships. When you start a relationship, you work really hard at being unselfish. But as time goes on, selfishness begins to creep in. We tend to put more energy into starting and building relationships than we do in maintaining them.

If selfishness destroys relationships, then it is selflessness that makes them grow. What does selflessness mean? It means less of “me” and more of “them.” It means thinking of others before I think of myself and putting the other person’s needs before my own (Philippians 2:4).

Selflessness brings out the best in others. It builds trust in relationships. If I was to start acting selfless in a relationship, it forces the other person to change, because you’re not the same person any more, and they have to relate to you in different way.

The Bible says in Galatians 6:7-8, “The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others — ignoring God! — harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life” (MSG).

This is the biblical principle of sowing and reaping. What I sow, I’m going to reap. God rewards selflessness with eternal life. He has wired the universe so that the more unselfish i am, the more he blesses me. Why? Because he wants me to become like him, and God is unselfish. Everything I have in life is a gift from God, because he was unselfish with me.

I am most fulfilled in this life when I give yourself away. Jesus said, “Only those who throw away their lives for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will ever know what it means to really live” (Mark 8:35b TLB).

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