1 Corinthians 10:31-33 “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.” (NIV)
Talk about a way of life that is contrary to our natural tendencies? How many days do you leave the house thinking how you can benefit others instead of how you might benefit yourself or get ahead? In human terms this is not natural, but in God’s plan the eternal destiny of another far exceeds any desire or need that you might have. This may be unnatural to you, but perfectly natural in Christ. 1 John 3:16 says, “Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” The more that Christ lives His life through you, the more your life’s desires and needs start to serve Christ. Philippians 3:7 says, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Loving and caring for others in this way only occurs through a deepening and abiding relationship with Christ. You will never naturally put others before yourself, but as Christ indwells and influences every part of your life you will naturally seek the good of others more than your own. This type of life is the life of Christ — allowing Christ to live and breathe through your life so others see Christ in you!
Philippians 1:18 “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” (NIV)