For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16,
When we think about Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection we are reminded of what a selfless act this was for God to give His one and only Son for those who believe in Him to have everlasting life.
Let’s face it; we lead busy lives. Most of us are concerned about our own experiences and plans. We aren’t thinking about the interests of others. If you want to be one of the few, selfless people, you will need to change your focus from yourself to other people. This does not come naturally for most of us, so it’s something you will have to set out to do purposely.
I have to admit that it troubles me how many times I have missed the needs of others around me because I wasn’t paying attention or taking an interest. If I shift the focus from myself to others, perhaps I can in some small way deposit a little joy into someone’s life. I am immensely grieved to think I am missing out on spreading Christ’s Great Joy to others when all I have to do is begin listening or perform some small deed of kindness such as a smile, a hug, or a cup of coffee.
Instead of grieving missed opportunities, be intentional by looking for ways to shift the focus from yourself to other people, where you’ll find Great Joy in serving God through serving others.
- What distractions might keep you from focusing on the needs of others?
- What do you think it means to forget yourself?
- How could we change our focus toward helping others?
Reflect on these Bible verses and ask God to help you understand what it means to be selfless. Journal what God reveals to you.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Celebrate Christmas Daily in July
Celebrate Christmas daily the month of July by giving of yourself to others! These gifts could be called our “Christmas in July Great Joy for All projects.” When we serve others we will find joy in the journey.
Here are a few suggestions for serving others:
- Mend a quarrel
- Seek out a forgotten friend
- Hug someone tightly
- Forgive someone who has hurt you
- Extend grace to an angry person
- Gladden the heart of a child
- Find the time to keep a promise
- Make or bake something for someone else—anonymously
- Speak kindly to a stranger
- Enter into another’s sorrow
- Turn off the television and talk
- Treat someone to an ice-cream cone (yogurt would be fine)
- Give a soft answer even though you feel strongly
- Encourage an older person
- Offer to baby-sit for a weary mother