Bible Studies for Life Lesson for January 23- A Lifestyle of Sacrifice
January 5 2011 by Joel Stephens, pastor, Westfield Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Lk. 9:23-24, 57-62; 21:1-4; Rom. 12:1-2

“What in the world is wrong with people?” That was the exasperated question shouted to the wind by the recent victim of a random act of selfishness. She had waited patiently for a parking space to be vacated with her turn-signal flashing.

Then, as you probably guessed, some selfish, self-centered, self-absorbed, self-worshipping jerk recklessly swooped in and brazenly stole the parking space as she sat waiting. Jumping out of his car, the villainous thief slunk hastily into the store, carefully avoiding eye contact with his victim so as not to acknowledge his crime. I was amazed at the overwhelming selfishness — the unbridled disregard for others — that had obviously become a way of life for him. “What in the world is wrong with people?” Great question! My answer: Selfishness!

Now before you conclude that my diagnosis of the world’s problem is overly simplistic, take a look at what got us into this shape. Remember Lucifer? He desired to be the boss regardless of what or whom he destroyed in the process. And when we seek our own pleasures and comforts at the expense of others, we prove ourselves to be no better.

Allow me to suggest a few random acts of kindness that will change the world and revitalize your joy. One — wherever you go (especially at church), park as far from the building as your health will allow and walk. Leave those closer spaces for someone else. Besides, the exercise will do you some good. Two — walk fast! Be the first one to the door so that you can hold it open for everyone else. Three — smile. Yes, smile. You may not feel like it. You may have had a crummy day. But the smile you selflessly give away may brighten someone else’s day (and yours too). Four — sincerely ask someone how they are doing and take the time to listen. Engage them in conversation about them.

OK, maybe these random acts of selflessness won’t change the entire world, but they will change your world. And if everyone thought less about themselves and more about others, then just imagine how different the world would be!

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:3-5, NKJV).

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1/5/2011 7:53:00 AM by Joel Stephens, pastor, Westfield Baptist Church | with 0 comments




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