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Looking Out For The Interest of Others

And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. Acts 2:42, 44-45 (NKJV)

I remember the first time I heard the recording of President John F. Kennedy saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  I like this statement a lot!  In fact, I believe it means more to me now than when I first heard it when I was younger.  I can’t help but think of how much stronger we would be as a country if we all truly asked ourselves this question daily, and then put it into practice. 

In reality this statement could be applied to each of us as disciples of Jesus Christ.  We need only replace the word “country” with “church” and look what happens.  “Ask not what your church can do for you, but what you can do for your church.”  

I want to clarify a couple of things — first, the church is not some building or one specific denomination — the church is comprised of every person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ as their personal Lord, and the only way by which they must be saved (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). 

Secondly, there is nothing wrong with people coming to the church in times of need and asking for help — this is very much what the church is for (Acts 2:42, 44-45).

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Phil. 2:4).

The problem occurs when we choose not to be involved with our local church by donating our time, talent and resources to help meet the needs of the body of believers.  

For instance, you may have the ability to work on electrical, plumbing, painting, or a number of other things, and there might be someone in need of these services.  Perhaps they aren’t in a position to pay you prevailing wages, and it could be there might not be a chance of making any money at all, but this isn’t the point here. The Bible teaches us that we have all been given certain gifts or abilities.  These are gifts from God and they belong to Him and should be used for His glory. They are to be used to help and assist others in need, and to bring glory and honor to God in the process. 

If we are truly seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then the money and provisions will be added unto us as we faithfully serve those in need.  When it comes down to it, we are the ones being blessed — we just need to ask others if we can help. 

He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given. Proverbs 19:17 (NKJV)

It doesn’t matter whether you have asked for help in the past.  What matters is what you are willing to do with what you have been given.  I want to encourage you today, ask not what the church can do for you – but what you can do for the church.  God will take care of your needs.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we be assured of by Proverbs 19:17?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you looking for opportunities to serve and help others in the body of believers?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to guide you in helping others with the talents and abilities He has given to you. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for all provision. Thank You for the opportunity to help others with the things You have given to me.  Help me to see these opportunities this week.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be blessed, Pastor Scott





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