Why we need to stop living for ourselves

January 17, 2022
5 min read
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Pray First

The gospel drives us to have a life full of joy and purpose where we are called to stop living for ourselves and start living for the sake of others.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" - Matthew 25:35-40

Society has taught us that the purpose of our lives is to follow what makes us happy and to do things that fulfill us, which is not entirely false. But if we go into the Bible a little bit more we’ll see that God has called us for more than just living for ourselves. We are not here for our self-fulfillment, but to live for others. We know we can't help everyone, but we can help someone. And just like what Galatians 6:9 says, we can't allow ourselves to get fatigued of doing good.

When was the last time that you went out of your way to help someone else? Either someone who is close to you or a complete stranger. Everyone has a need that you can help fulfill in some way. Ask God today to guide you into being more intentional with the way you can be there for others.

Take some time to say this prayer:

God, today I pray that you would give me a heart that is sensitive to other people’s needs. Help me see them as you see them. To love them as you love them. And to allow the Holy Spirit to impact their lives through my words and actions. Give me the wisdom to act from a place of selflessness, compassion and love. Amen.

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