For God So Loved the World
How often do you think beyond yourself? I mean, how often do you think beyond your own little part of the world? I try to do this often, but I certainly do not do it often enough. When we become more godly, we think more like God, and we act more like God. In the first place, God had an immense love for the world. That loving perspective caused Him to act in the world's behalf- He sent His Son to take our sins upon Himself in death and to be raised again for our justification. He first loved, and then He acted in behalf of others.
If we follow God in this pattern, then our thinking must change- we must become more loving. When our attitude changes and we become more loving, then we will begin to act more in the interests of others than before. Yes, we must look out for our own interests. We have to work to live and provide for our families. Godliness is looking out for our own interests AND the interests of others.
So, how often do you think beyond yourself? How often do you think about your fellow church members; your neighbors; the nation; the world? Keep in step with the Spirit as He transforms you by the renewing of your mind! Walk in the Spirit as He directs you to various ministries.