It’s not about me!
I recently heard Karl Faase on the radio comparing army recruitment posters during World War 1 to what we see now. Lines like, ‘the Empire needs you’ were common and appealed to people’s sense of duty and need to look beyond themselves to the bigger picture and greater good.
However, if you look at army advertisements now, the focus isn’t on what you can do for the army, but what the army can do for you.
What an accurate reflection of the change in focus of our society! Instead of looking outward to how our gifts might benefit others, we focus on what we could gain from using our gifts.
If we look to the Bible, we find that Jesus didn’t live a life that was all about him and what he could gain from using his gifts. It was quite the opposite! In fact, Jesus went so far as to give his life for the benefit of others. I believe we are called to live a life of service. Service both to the Kingdom, and to others.
Imagine a society where, as Peter advocates in 1 Peter 4:10, each of us used our gifts to serve others. What a world that would be!
How might you be able to use your God given gifts to serve others this week, month or year?