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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 

 

Look to the Things of Others


I wanted to talk about the scripture of Philipians 2:4-5, where we are told of the mind of Christ and how to be Christ like,
'Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:'  Philippians 2:4-5
Jesus was always thinking of others, in everything that He did.  In order for us to be Christlike, we should think about others too.

What does it mean to think, to look to the things of others?  It's easy to just look at one thing, ourselves, but then we step out and look at another person.  When we look at another person, we might think, hmmm, OK, I see there might be a problem, but I can't do anything.

Can we really do nothing?  When we look on the things of others, why just think once.  Why not think twice, three times, four times, how to help them?

To give an example, I had seen someone in a coffee shop in the morning, and that was fine.  I then returned later in the day and seen the same person, still sitting there, only with water, and looking sad.  What can a person do, when it is a stranger?  It's not right for a young lady to be sitting there, sad for most of the day, and did not appear to have money, as was now having water rather than coffee.  Could I offer money? Yes, but that's inappropriate.  Could I ask what's wrong?  Yes, but I am a strange man and that's a young woman.  Then it occured to me, I had a coffee card all stamped up so that it was ready for a free coffee.  I simply went over to her, gave her the coffee card, and said, get the biggest coffee on the menu!  And then returned to my seat.

She came over to me, and told me of her woes, and I made a friend.  I was even more delighted that when I told her I was a Christian, that I found out she was too!  I had helped a sister in need!

To put it this way, if someone buys you a painting, it's nice, but if someone paints you a painting, then it's so much more wonderful, because the heart has went into it.  People respond to the heart, and not just gestures, and God Himself looks upon the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

When we try to help others, we don't just have to respond with the first thought that comes to mind, we can think twice, three times, four times.. seven times on the best way to help.  Not only are we being Christlike, we are cheering others up, and even ourself feels the reward of a good deed.

Looking to the things of others is fulfillment of part, or indeed all of the Law, as born again Christians, for as Christ said,
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." Matthew 27:37-38
When we look to the things of others, as born again Christians, we are being Christlike.  When we are Christlike, we draw close to God and God draws close to us.  When we draw close to God, we are in fellowship with Him, and we love the Lord our God with all our heart.
'Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.' James 4:8

 

How else can we help?

Homeless people, people down on their luck.  It's one thing to give them money, and yes, some are in desperate need of it, but we can go one step further.  We can spend a few minutes asking them how they're doing.  Regardless of whether you think (in judgement) that a particular homeless person may not deserve funds, because perhaps they spend it on alcohol, perhaps on drugs - and yes, these things are bad, but I ask you, have you never spent money on something you don't need, and maybe even isn't good for you?  The extra cake after dinner, the unhealthy dinner, the new TV to watch unneccessary programmes on.  I know I have wasted money on the things that I do not need, or are not good for me, so who am I to judge?  Regardless, it's a person down on their luck, who is accustomed to being looked down on.  Spending a few minutes talking to them can be worth something other than money.  It's helping encourage them to remember they are a human being too, just like you and me.

Witnessing to people.  What greater thing to tell people how to go to Heaven, it saved us, it will save others too!  God giveth the increase, yes, but faith cometh by hearing (Romans 10:17), so we can only tell people about the Good News, and then it's up to the Spirit to work on the heart.  It might only take a little while out your day to do it, or even your week, if you set a little time aside to go into the street to hand out Gospel tracts, or Gospels of John and witness, etc.

Witnessing to Others

Witnessing to others is a sure way we care, and caring again is central to the message of Christ,

'But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.' Luke 8:15

A good heart means we care!

 

What if we can do none of these things?

There may be times when we can do none of these things, even if we try, what left can we do?  We can always pray, and praying is caring.  There's always something we can do!

'Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.' Colossians 4:12

Sometimes we can forget to look on the things of others.  The worlds a tough place, but if we remember others, and think of them, we can be Christlike, relieve our own burdens by not just focusing entirely on ourselves, and help others too, which is always a blessing.

Amen.






9th September 2017

 

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