NOT FOR YOURSELF

17
Jan

NOT FOR YOURSELF

Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. (NIV)

A cow gives milk to the entire universe and doesn’t shout. But when a hen lays one egg that cannot even feed a child, it makes enough noise for everyone to know that it has laid an egg. In reality, people who provide minor assistance brag about it, whereas those who make significant contributions to people’s lives rarely do. William Gurnall once said that “the least doers are the greatest boasters”. Galatians 6:3 also says, “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” May I pray this morning that every bit of pride in you be crushed right now, in Jesus’ name?

Beloved, have you noticed that nothing in nature lives for itself? A river does not drink its own water. Trees don’t eat their own fruits. The sun doesn’t give heat for itself, and the flowers don’t spread fragrance for themselves. This is because living for others is the true essence of existence. As a child of God, you should demonstrate your Father’s love to the world, such as when He gave His only son so that you could be saved. As seen in our Bible text, live your life like a candle that burns itself to give light to others, and you will be refreshed. Above all, the Almighty God will be pleased!

PRAYER

Hymn: Anywhere with Jesus – Jessie B. Pounds (1887)

1. Father, please help me never underestimate Your redemptive grace and power.

2. Holy Spirit! Kill every work of the flesh in me, such as pride, envy, jealousy, and wickedness (confess).

(MIDNIGHT PRAYER)

1. Father, help me to sow the good seed at the right time and to reap bountifully.

2. Holy Spirit, help me not to see Your corrections and instructions as punishment.

3. Father, help me, my family and the Church to see beyond our wildest dreams in accordance with Your perfect plan for us.

“Not for ourselves alone are we born.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

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