Tuesday, September 06, 2016

What's In It For Me?

What’s in it for me? I believe that is the most often asked question that is never formally asked in our culture. People tend to make decisions, choices, and recommendations based on what they can get out of it.
Look around: The vast majority of people are seeking to get, and they are seeking to get for themselves.

Follow advertising: 99% of all advertising seeks to “scratch a particular itch” that people have.

Listen to conversations: People are constantly maneuvering and re-shaping conversations towards themselves and their desires, needs, and experiences.

Is that true about us as Christians? Are we people who usually evaluate life based on What’s in it for me? If it is, should that be true about us as Believers?

God’s Word makes it very clear that life is to be lived for God (see the Greatest Commandment), and for others (see the 2nd Greatest Commandment). In other words, we should always be asking the question: What’s in to for them? (What's in it for God, and what's in it for others).

This is what I call a Kingdom Mindset. That is, seeking to build up the Kingdom of God, rather than our personal kingdoms. You might say that seeing what’s in it for you is ok, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. But we must again look at the 1st and 2nd Greatest Commandments of Jesus. Are we loving the Lord with all of our hearts, and are we loving others, in everything we do?

May I encourage us to ask the question: What’s in to for them? in everything we do: At work, while watching TV, while conversing, at the store, on FaceBook, even when worshipping on Sundays…

Are we making it about me, or about them? Lead Well!

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