When things look bad around us we don’t turn to God like we should, we dwell in our self pity. Coming home the other day from work, something hit me pretty hard at work and I was upset by the circumstance. I started praying and asking God to help me to change my outlook on life. I asked God to help make me a better person, a better Christian. I wanted to change how I was living, acting, and even talking to people. Sometimes we don’t even realize how we carry ourselves in front of others. We might see ourselves one way but others see us completely different.
So I asked God to help me change where people could see me as a devoted Christian, kind, humble and loving. I wanted to learn how to change to be a better person. I didn’t want to just dwell on myself and how I was offended or how things affected me.
See everyday we get in our cars and we drive to work. We might get offended at other drivers who jump in front of us, wondering how they had the nerve to get in front of us. Or someone offends us somehow and we snap back at them, trying to defend ourselves. We worry how things affect us…. How someone will look at us…… How late we are going to be…. How someone treated us…. We worry about us and self, more than others.
Christ wants us to be humble, loving and kind. He wants us to care about others. He wants us to look at how we can help others. He wants us to have compassion for others. How do I know? Because he wants us to be like him. Christ died for mankind. He was innocent but he took our sins on his body at the cross. He had compassion for the sick. He had love for others and helped their needs. He didn’t dwell on how people talked to him or how they treated him. People spit on him, mocked him, whipped him and what did he say? Luke 23:34 says: Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
This life is not about how much money we can make. It isn’t about what great job we can get. It isn’t about how big a house we live in. This life is about caring about the souls of mankind. Jesus sent out twelve to carry on his mission. He wanted people to know him and that he died for them on the cross. We are to continue this mission; to share the gospel. The gospel that Jesus Christ died on the cross and that he can save those that turn to him and seek them with their whole heart. John 3:3,16,17 says: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.