Do not experience life for yourself. Don’t let life happen to you. Life is meant to be lived as a blessing to others. Every day should be lived not as if you must experience every self-centered pleasure because you may not have tomorrow, but as if you have precious little time to encourage, support, bless, help, serve, and love others as much as possible before the opportunity slips away.
When I say don’t experience life I mean don’t live to experience life for yourself. We should live to worship Jesus and love people. This is the theme of Cry of Worship Ministries. It may sound dull and boring to live this way, but the truth is that living for yourself is always disastrous, sooner or later, while living to honor God and bless others ALWAYS leads to fulfillment, joy, and freedom.
Freedom? Joy? Yes, living for more than yourself actually sets you free and brings true happiness and contentment. Living to experience life for yourself may sound wondrous and insightful but it is actually misleading. That kind of life is not the purpose of life and without fulfilling your purpose one feels lost. The greatest purpose of every man, woman, and child is to experience the love of our Creator by placing our trust in His Son and to share that love with others through service, charity, self-sacrifice, kindness, and humility. Living this purpose to its fullest is living life to the fullest.
Sure, we should enjoy the sunrise, ponder under the moonlight, read a book under an old oak tree, or swim in the ocean. Sure, we should enjoy God’s gifts of music, marital sex, and friendship. But going to the club to dance the night away or gambling away your unemployment money at the casino is not living to bless others; this is living to experience life for yourself by indulging your own pleasures that benefit no one else.
Give and you will receive, comfort and you will be comforted, serve and you will be rewarded. These are universal truths that God shares with us in Scripture. We cannot live to serve while expecting something in return, but we can serve knowing that our needs will be met. Self-sacrifice is not just a virtue, it is the epitome of being Christian, or Christ-like. And while we serve we must not do it begrudgingly, but with a joyful attitude and with faith in the Spirit of God to bless our generosity.
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition 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.” Phil. 2:1-4
So don’t let life happen to you and don’t live to experience self-gratification. Let us live to Worship Jesus and Love People. Life lived as a blessing to others always leaves a legacy of eternal value. Think of the people who are honored by history. Is it those who spend their lives pleasing themselves and experiencing every sinful delight? Or is it those who spend their lives in service of others, who give their fortunes to others, and who sacrifice their own comfort in order to bless someone else?
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Heb. 10:23-25
Again, may we live to be a blessing instead of living to be blessed!