…not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others. Phil. 2:4
“Yeah, but I like things this way! I can’t believe you’re changing it.” “I don’t want our small group to grow. Those people aren’t like us.” “I should help support missions and our church, but I like nice things.” It would be great if those comments were pure fiction, but they’re not. Every church has its own version of them. Every family does too. Me First! My Wants Should Rule! Of course, we don’t say it like that. We’ve come up with milder ways to express those selfish tendencies. But the motives are still there. The very root of all sin is this: I want what I want when I want it. I’ll do right, as long as it doesn’t infringe on what I want.
What if we let Jesus rule our lives to such an extent that our first reaction to any idea was: “What would Jesus have me do? How can I best represent Him in this situation?” Imagine the transformation in our homes, our churches, and our communities if that was the default response of every Jesus follower.
Most divorces would never happen.
Families would live in harmony.
The church would never need to beg for volunteers because the lists would be filled months in advance.
Giving would overflow the buckets, every orphan would have a home, and there would be no needy among us.
Is this utopia? No, it’s biblical Christianity.