The Interests of Others

It is without doubt that God made us to be social creatures. In our relationships as fellow human beings we know what it’s like to live on this earth. We share this life together. We have needs, wants, hopes. We enjoy spending time together. We support, encourage, and love one another. We experience the good times and bad times with each other. Life is so much better when we have people to interact with.

That’s what is so important about being a Christian. This is one of the biggest parts of being a member of the Lord’s body, His church. God didn’t make us to live alone. We weren’t made Christians to face this world by ourselves. It is so very important to see one another as God sees each of us.

There are many instructions in the New Testament that speak to the relationships we have with one another and how they are to work. One of Paul’s instructions along these lines is found in Romans 12:13 which reads, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” The reality of this physical life is that there are things we need to function and survive. A fact of life is that we don’t always have what we need. Others don’t always have what they need. So Paul tells us that we are to support and help one another. If we see someone has a need we are to step up. See a need, fill a need. In doing so it is important for us to be hospitable. How wonderful it is to have each other into our homes to spend special time together. Giving of our food, care, and moral support. We are made to be social creatures. We need to make that interaction happen. How does it feel when someone invites you into their home? How does it feel to invite someone into your home? We are to help one another. Support. Care. Lift up. Encourage. Share this life together.

In Philippians 2:4, Paul said “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” It is easy for us to be focused too much on ourselves to the neglect of others. Paul reminds us that other people have needs and wants too. Jesus is the perfect example. He put our interests before His own. That’s why He gave His life for us. We must do the same for one another. Hebrews 13:1-2 says, “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” We are to be hospitable people. Has not God been “hospitable” to us in His love?

I know that we’re going to be busy with work and our own personal interests this week. But start today to look around and see what you can do for others. Plan to make opportunities to show hospitality to each other. Do it on purpose. Make the effort. I’m sure that you don’t want to be alone in this world. So let’s not leave others alone in this world. Make a difference. Touch someones life in the days ahead. It can be anywhere between some small thing or some big thing that we can do. Enjoy it! Feel how good it is to serve. And always use the love of Christ as your driving force.


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