Bible Study & Devotional Day 293
Guiding Scripture: Proverbs 25:27(NLT), “It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.”
It’s Not About You, It’s All about Jesus
By contributing writer LaVonda McCullough
“Look at me; I did it; I want all the credit for the work.” Have these thoughts ever entered your mind? Dwelling on the honor you think you deserve can only prove harmful. It is important to remember that by serving with a heart of love and sincerity, you connect with others, make new friends, and give back to those who need it most.
Stepping outside our comfort zone and allowing ourselves to become vulnerable opens our hearts. When we step out and try new things, we might enjoy it and remember that serving is not about what you can get out of it but what you can give.
Jesus gave us the example of sacrificial giving.
When we focus on giving our time and talents, we will be blessed in ways we could never imagine.
Too much of me and not enough of Christ is the wrong recipe. I remember working on projects in school as a team, but inside I wanted to be in control of the team. My motive was warped and disingenuous. Deep down, I was striving for the reward and the attention. And when I didn’t receive the recognition, my behavior showed anger, resentment, and bitterness. All of which is not Christlike.
Friend, there isn’t an “I” in the word team.
We are to work together and be united in love.
Pinning away over what I “felt” I deserved or should have received made me miss the satisfaction of knowing I did my best and building relationships. Instead, I created division.
We need each other to grow and be strengthened in what we are called to do. There are no little “I’s” or big “You’s” in heaven. God loves us all and expects us to use our gifts to work together.
Finally, be patient with yourself and give yourself grace. Keep plugging away and serving with a heart of love and sincerity. Eventually, you will see the fruits of your labor.
It takes time to be molded by the Master, but it is well worth the journey. Because it is in the potter’s hand that the cracks and flaws are purified, and we become a masterpiece of gold.
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