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Seeking For The Good Of Others

March 11, 2017

Greetings,

“Everything is permissible – but not everything is beneficial.  Everything is permissible – but not everything is constructive.  Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others…..So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God – even as I try to please everybody in every way.  For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.  Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”  1 Corinthians 10: 23-24, 31-33, 11: 1

This passage, I believe, addresses perhaps the greatest sin in the Church.  Selfishness is a crippling sin.  It causes us to focus on ourselves and our own needs; instead of serving and giving to others.  Jesus said that loving our neighbors as ourselves was just like the greatest commandment.  That means that if we really love God we will serve and treat others by laying down our lives for them.  Putting other first is an easy concept, but actually doing it is rare in the modern, and especially Western, church.

Seeking the good of others, instead of our own good should be a foundational aspect of our faith.  Jesus came to serve and not be served and Paul echoed that truth in his life and ministry too.  Personal sacrifice for the sake of others should be practiced daily in the life of a true Christ follower.  However, instead of denying ourselves and taking up our cross (Which Jesus said was a must) and serving others; on most days we end up serving only ourselves.  Most “church” goers I come into contact with have little or no practice of denying themselves, and instead of following the words of Jesus they follow the modern mantra of, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins.”  The prosperity “doctrine”, which I believe is false teaching, has permeated most of the “church” including the mainline denominations to a certain extent.

I find this very sad, but true.  However, why should the average “Joe Christian” give to those in need when the “church” he belongs to spends 97% of its income on itself via building expenses and Clergy salaries?  That’s right only about 3% of the money collected in the traditional “church” goes to actual, hands on, ministry, missions and helping those in need like widows and orphans.  Pure religion rarely exists anymore and the “church” gets fat while our sisters and brothers around the globe are starving.

However, that system that calls itself the church is never going to change.  Babylon is a fact of life until Jesus destroys it in the end.  Hate the system, but love and rescue the people.  So we all need to focus on personal sacrifice and giving directly to those who need it now.  Self denial is not an option according to Jesus and neither is caring for others who have a need.  So start allowing the Holy Spirit to manage your resources and money instead of the “church” and your own desires.  If you would just raise your head away from self consuming activities and look around for those in need, I guarantee you will find just the right person, or persons, to start giving to.  Need an idea?  Twenty five years ago our housechurch started helping families who lost their homes and belongings to fires here locally. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver!

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

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12 Comments
  1. Sue heumann permalink

    Thank you for that exhortation, brother👍😘 right on✔️ Giving the love, grace, and our resources is such a shock to others sometimes…… Why? ‼️ It should be ‘the way it is! Common. Appreciate the sentiment.

  2. Judy Baker permalink

    Yes help those in need in your own community. Churches -Feed the Children and a list of others give 3 cents out of a $1.00 to the children. The rest is for theirselves and cost of running a business. Many organizations give the same and pay their top people hundreds of thousands of dollars each.
    Like the greedy churches today, they will answer to the LORD. The church is the people .. not the clergy.
    Excellent advice Chris !

  3. Judy Baker permalink

    I pray more people will realize what is really going on in their church and cease to participate in their greed. Please let their eyes and ears be opened Dear Father in this time of the end so they may come to know you and follow Jesus in the preaching work . Amen

  4. Everything isn’t permissible.
    Can you hear the voice of Jesus about what is Most Important?
    No, it’s not “Love” – that was the Beatles, Paul and other men.

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

    • Matthew, God is LOVE and HIS Kindness leads us to repentance. If indeed GOD is LOVE then LOVE is the most important thing.

      • Oikoskrk,
        You are not quoting Jesus, you are giving your own opinion.
        What we need to do is listen to Jesus speak for Himself.

        Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
        Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from the Law of Moses.

        Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it? The one in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, or the one in Leviticus 19:18 ?

        “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “ is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ [Mark 12:29-30, Deuteronomy 6:4-5]

        Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” [Matthew 22:37-38, Deuteronomy 6:5]

        Paul had a different opinion – You can see the evidence for yourself – check out Galatians 5:14, and Romans 13:8-10, and compare with Jesus…..

        You need to listen to…..

        The message of The 11 (“The narrow gate”)

        “The eleven disciples went to Galilee”
        “Where Jesus had told them to go”
        They heard His voice and obeyed His will
        Despite uncertainty down below

        Jesus spoke to them at length
        He wasn’t really a Tweeter
        Only 3 of them wrote Scripture
        Matthew John and Peter

        “Feed my sheep” said Jesus, for though
        “Heaven and earth will pass away”
        I have the words of eternal life and
        “My words will never pass away”

        “Enter through the narrow gate”
        The voice of Jesus through the eleven
        Believe in Jesus “through their message”
        And “eat from the tree of life” in heaven

        Jesus commissioned the eleven
        With “everything I have commanded you”
        “Teaching THEM to obey” Jesus
        And “THEM” means me and you !

        “The command given by our Lord and Savior”
        Is not a Pharisee speaking alone
        It came rather “through your apostles”
        Matthew Peter and John

        If a Pharisee boasts proudly
        Those men added nothing to my message
        He doesn’t speak for Jesus
        His words are nothing more than garbage

        Bibliography
        All “quotes” in “quotation marks” are from the writings of the Apostles Matthew John and Peter in the Bible, mostly the “Red Letter” words of Jesus. [Matthew, John, Revelation, 2 Peter – NIV]

      • Matthew way to dive right into the deep conversation. Jesus also said the 2nd commandment was equal to the first. Loving others as we love ourselves. Why do you capitalize apostles? Everyone including you shares opinion even on the scriptures.

      • Jesus was asked twice which Commandment is the greatest or most important one, (Matthew 22 and Mark 12)
        Both times Jesus answered quoting the same two commandments, from the Law of Moses.

        Jesus said that one of these two commandments is the first and greatest most important one. Which one is it? The one in Deuteronomy 6:4-5, or the one in Leviticus 19:18 ? (Jesus identified the other commandment as THE SECOND – not “equal to the first” as you claim. Why not open your Bible and see for yourself

      • Matthew in the Greek text Jesus said the second one was “just like” or equal to the first. God is Supreme and HE is LOVE.

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