Romans 14:7 It Is Not About You

 

Faces of the world

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. Romans 14:7

Watching any advertisements will show a person that everything is about him. It is about pleasing one’s own self as much as possible. It is about getting everything one can and being happy in this life.

The process of being happy is to not deny one’s self of any pleasure, regardless of the cost. It does not matter if one has to step on another or cut another down in order to be happier. It is all about self.

Paul talks about this saying that no one lives or dies for himself alone. The world tries to deny this. Yet, the reality is that everyone needs everyone. No one can build their own home without the help of someone else. That help could be just someone making the ax to chop the trees down, to make the boards to build the house. Someone else is needed.

Yet, many live as though they are the king and don’t need any one else. Rules are made by individuals and placed harshly upon others to live by.

In the church there are many people who have come up with a long list of things to do or not to do in order to be a believer. Some have learned that they have freedom in Christ to do things that were once thought of as bad. This does not give them a license to do those things around others who do not believe it yet.

It is not about self. It is about building others up. If someone does not believe a Christian should play cards, the other person, who has no problem with it, must not play cards around him. That is not building up, but cutting down, causing a stumbling block.

You may be on the giving or receiving end of this type of action. Take a look at your life and see how you are living it. As Jesus did not make His life to be all about Him, but about others, so you must make your life to be about others.

First is God, then other people around you. What are you doing to build them up?

What are you doing that is cutting them down or holding them down?

Live like Jesus and put the desires of others first above your own. It is not about you.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will know the care God has for others; that you will live for God; and that you will live to build others up in Jesus.

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Psalm 143:10 It Is Not About Your Desires

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10

Learning things from other people is something that every person starts out in life doing. Every child born begins learning by observing others and imitating them. As children get older, they begin to pull away from learning from others so that they can do their own thing. As adults, most people do not like to learn from others, they feel that they know the best ways for their own life.

Businesses are started all the time. As fast as they are started, many fail and close. The reasons many of them fail, is that most of the owners refuse to listen to those who have been successful in business. They fail to follow the tried and true practices of running a business because they feel they know how to do it.

In the same way many lives fail for the same reason. People do not like to be led by God and follow His ways of doing things. They “know” how to best live this life.

David knew that God’s will and desire was the best,  not his own. He also knew that he had to be taught to do God’s will, it would not just automatically come.

Being taught to do God’s will may mean that some doors are closed. That some paths are rough and difficult to travel.  The largest challenge is that it is not about you, it is all about God.

God is standing by waiting to show you the best way to live this life. He has been teaching for thousands of years and has a proven track record to show He knows what He is doing.

If God is your God, you need to allow Him to be your God. You need to allow Him to lead you in how to live your life. He is right there willing to teach you what to do.

Are you willing to allow Him to teach you His ways, which are the best ways?

Or will you remain stuck in failure mode doing your own thing?

Seek out God’s will for your life. Be willing to let Him teach you how to do His desire. It will be the best thing for your life.

I pray today that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will remain open to the teaching of God; that you will allow God to be in control of your life; and that you will do what God wants you to do.