A very wise person once said, “It is more important to ask the right question than to discover the right answers.” Peter asked a familiar question in Matthew 19:27 – “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?”
Many Christians today are still asking the question, “What will I get out of this? What’s in it for me?” Many church members, when asked to serve in the local church in some capacity or to fill a responsible place of ministry, inwardly ask that same question. That is the wrong question to ask!
The focus of the Christian life is not a matter of getting but rather one of giving. A church once placed the following message on their church sign: “Christians are forgiven, forgiving, and for giving!” I agree!
Peter had made some giant steps in his spiritual walk when he went from “What will I get?” to “Such as I have give I thee” (Acts 3:6). He was not interested in getting once the power of the Spirit of God was at work in his life. He was more interested in touching lives for Jesus Christ and seeing them transformed.
The most miserable people in the world are those who always want to receive. The happiest people are those who live only to give to others. The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Then the following verses go on to describe the selflessness and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, Whose motto truly was “Others!”
Numerous times in the New Testament, we are taught to focus on “others” and “one another.” We are to prefer one another (Romans 12:10), love one another (Romans 13:8), receive one another (Romans 15:7), admonish one another (Romans 15:14), greet one another (I Corinthians 16:20), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), forgive one another (Colossians 3:13), comfort one another (I Thessalonians 4:18), edify one another (I Thessalonians 5:11), pray one for another (James 5:16), and have compassion one of another (I Peter 3:8). And that is just a partial list!
Yes, there are some Christians, like Peter, who need to get a new perspective. We need to get our minds off of ourselves and begin to focus more on others. As the little poem goes:
Others, Lord, yes others; Let that my motto be.
Let me live for others, that I might live like Thee.