It is the natural tendency of us all to seek our own best interests, to satisfy our own desires and to make ourselves as comfortable as we possibly can.
But it is interesting to note that if we live thus, we are never as happy as we are when we spend our lives upon others, and especially in service to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
You can heap treasures unto yourself, and think that if you can just acquire this or that, it will make you happy. But time and time again, this has proven to be fruitless, because no matter how much you have, it will never be enough.
But it is a happy Christian indeed who gives up his own desires and interests in order to better serve his Lord and Master Jesus Christ!
So why is it so few actually do it?
You ask most Christians, and if they are honest, they will confess that they take greater care tending to their own interests than they do tending to the things of God. In fact, this is true of the vast majority of Christians. It is something we all must fight within ourselves, and do our level best to throw down.
John the baptizer was a notable man in his day, and had quite a following. When Jesus came along and people began following Him, it upset some of the followers of John. But when they came to him about it, he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30
Is that your heart’s desire? Do you seek to minimize yourself and your own desires, and to maximize the Lord Jesus Christ and His holy Kingdom? Are you plowing the field of evangelism? Are you about the Master’s business?
Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind
would not depart;
Only one life, ‘twill soon be passed.
Only what’s done for
Christ will last.
Let us be about our Lord’s business. Let us not concern ourselves with our own selfish desires.
Let us rather concern ourselves with those things which glorify and exalt our Lord Jesus Christ and build up His Holy Kingdom.
He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.