an outward focus

Rebecca St. James 5

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“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction

~ Antione de Saint- Exupery

The art of living a poured out life — in the midst of magazine covers and commercials that scream at us to think only about ourselves, our desires, what we need– is often forgotten by many.

God does not call us to a self-focused kind of life. He calls us to pour ourselves out to the needy, the hurting, the lost, and to live a selfless life. For theirs is the kingdom of God (Matt. 5:3).

This could mean different things for different people. Not all people are called to be missionaries. It could mean anything from going to Africa to feed those who are starving, and bringing the Light of the Gospel to their lives, or it could be reaching out to the struggling friend, or becoming friends with the unpopular people.

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Have you ever been just *so* blessed by someone who went out of their way to do something for you, that you just sort of beam the rest of the day? And doesn’t it make you feel so special? 🙂 When we sacrifice our selfish needs and wants in order to serve others, we may bless their socks off! ::grin::

Selflessness is not convenient. But you know what? Neither was dying on the Cross to save us from our sins. Remember when Jesus was on the Mount of Olives, right before His Crucifixion, and He prayed,”…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42, emphasis added) Showing a Christlike, selfless love to those around us is not a thing that comes easily, but that’s what makes it more special to the other people– and it brings glory to the Lord. One, small act of kindness could very well be a way God works to bring a non-Christian to turn to Him (that is, if it is God’s plan to do so).

What would happen if we asked the Lord to give us an outward focus– a selfless focus? It’s a scary thought. We may have to surrender everything to the Lord, including every part of our life. But what if? What would happen? We would change? Others would change? We would be expected to actually do hard things for Christ?

Ah … but doesn’t doing hard things make some of the greatest things happen? ::grin::

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