Pastor Mark Jeske
Have you ever seen the “I’m Third” license plate brackets? Only Christians would want to drive around with that message on their ride because it states the unpopular philosophy that in your life God is first, other people come second, and you come in at third priority.
To people’s ears today, that sounds like a recipe for being walked on like a doormat. Only the Holy Spirit could persuade a selfish person like me to care about what somebody else needs. When you become a believer, you are adopted into a large family. A very, very large family. When you bond with Jesus Christ, you also become connected with all the other believers: “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. . . . Honor one another above yourselves” (Romans 12:5,10). Seriously! He made himself poor so that he could make me rich. I honor him when I act like him.
Those two statements from Romans have profound implications for the way in which we live. They teach us that the way of Christ is to deny self and find joy in serving other people to whom we have an obligation. They teach us to see ourselves as uniquely gifted to bring benefit to the “body” and also to appreciate the gifts that other members of the body bring.
Think about your plans for today—how do you intend to honor other members of the body above yourself?
God designed you for more than you can imagine. And he gifted you uniquely to fulfill his incredible calling! Find out what your spiritual gifts are with the tools in Gifted for More by Dr. Bruce Becker.
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