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1.28.17 – Rom 15:2

At our core we are selfish minded people. There’s not a day that goes by where we don’t think and/or act on the “what about me” principal. I was listening to Dennis Prager the other day who was speaking on this very subject. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Prager he is one of the most clear thinkers of our time, a modern day philosopher. He was discussing Happiness and how we make a choice to be happy. When challenged by a caller about this being relevant or even possible, he pointed to the example of going to work every day. There are many who love their job, myself included but given a choice we would prefer not to get up early and go to work, but for the most part we all do. We choose to go to work, we choose to be happy.
It comes down to the question of what’s best for us? Paul brilliantly makes this argument in Romans 15. When we invest in acts of selfishness we see two things, a fast payoff and what I’ll call “buyers remorse”. In other words, satisfaction gained through selfish acts is short lived and rarely meaningful. Paul urges us to invest in others and points to the cumulative affect of doing so.
Romans 15:4 – For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. David Guzik sums this up very well in his commentary; This goes against the whole tenor of our times, which counsels people to “look out for number 1” and despises those who live lives of real sacrifice for the sake of others. Yet, undeniably Paul points the way to true happiness and fulfillment in life – get your eyes off of yourself, start building up others and you will find yourself built up.
We truly must choose to die to our selfish desires and put others needs before our own. It’s tough, but meaningful things are rarely uninvolved. Are you looking for more meaning in your life? Is happiness a struggle for you? If so, take Paul’s instruction to heart and a meaningful life isn’t far behind. Romans 15:2 – Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.