John 15:4 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
Every day most of us wake up, go through our morning routine and then head off to our appointed duties. If we could examine this process without going into details, I think by and large it would be the same for all of us. Moving on, as you head out the door there is probably some sort of plan for your day. We have meetings to attend, customers to serve, errands to run and goals to accomplish. Our world has geared us to revel in conquering our tasks and acquiring more stuff.
The problem here is that when we focus on these self fulfilling tasks we begin to internalize everything we do. “This is for me. I have to go here so I can get this and do that, etc.” If we are to “bear fruit”, we can’t do it while concentrating on our own pursuits. Philippians 2:3-4 – Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Can you imagine what our world would be like if we focused as much on helping others and encouraging those around us as we did on our own self interests? In Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” Scrooge is speaking to Marley’s Ghost, telling him that in life, he was a “Good Man of Business”. Marley, enlightened and already knowing of his misgivings replies, “Mankind was my Business!” When we get caught up in accomplishing our worldly goals it becomes easy to forget why we are really here.
If you are in the habit of planning your day, start it by scheduling time to help someone out. Try reading some scripture to remind you of your true purpose in life. Put others needs before your own and you will be rewarded far beyond earthly gains.
Romans 12:10 – Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.