We’ve all been guilty of it a time or two or three or four. Unfortunately, most are guilty of living life this way everyday. We want to know what’s in it for us. Everything we do has a hidden agenda. We do things that will benefit us. We do whatever we have to do to manipulate the situation to fall in our favor. It’s all about us and what will give us what we want. As long as we get our way, then we’re happy.
Just what would it look like if we decided to live our lives differently? What if we decided to serve others simply for the joy of serving, not expecting anything in return? What if we only displayed the pure desire to pour out and pour into others just because? This is exactly how God wants us to love and serve others.
We have numerous opportunities everyday to display this kindness. Imagine what kind of a friend you would be if you practiced this behavior each day of your life. You wouldn’t be concerned with how your friends could benefit you. You would only be concerned with how you could be the hands and feet of Jesus to those He puts in your path.
Our greatest example for this counter-cultural lifestyle is none other than Jesus. He lived His whole life giving of Himself to others simply for the purpose of loving them. He listened, He healed, and He shared His life with them. He simply loved. Nothing more. Nothing less. Just the beauty of a life poured out for others.
Living this way doesn’t come natural. This is a supernatural work of The Holy Spirit. It takes God pouring His love into us so that His love can flow out of us. We receive His love so that we can give His love to others. It’s a beautiful exchange.
So what is it going to take to be able to live this way? It’s really quite simple. Be focused. Be a blessing. Be a life giver. Invest in others simply because you desire to share God’s love with them. Be a conduit that passes this amazing love on to others. The world is watching. Let them see Jesus.