The Greater Good
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work”. John 4:34
Although I was young at the time, I remember a phrase from the Three Musketeers, “All for one and one for all”. You may not find this quote in the Bible but I believe there’s a common principle woven all through the scriptures. Jesus was an example of a purpose driven life. He often take out time to help His disciples focus on the “greater good”.
The greatest thing we could do is to become believers and be known by God, to have a relationship thru saving faith. After that our attention should be a common goal for the will of God. All for One because the One is for all, Romans 8:31 tells us “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
If I can be reminded each day that it’s not about me and my agenda, that there is a greater good that each one of us can be a part of, it makes my life complete. One of the things I learned about addiction is that it’s a self-serving lifestyle that consumes us with ourselves. It’s a very selfish way of life where everything you think of is to satisfy a craving of the flesh.
When I have an opportunity to work with men who desire a victorious life in Christ, the best thing I can do for them is to help them see the greater good that we all should strive for. If we spend time and ask God to reveal our spiritual gifts and then use them to bring glory to His name we are fulfilling the great commission. I think of quotes like “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” Matthew 16:25. This is a the opposite of my way of thinking so that if I don’t take time to be reminded of my purpose in life I can easily find myself “chasing my tail” trying to satisfy an unattainable thirst.
I find that at the root of most conflicts between believers is the “trinity of stupidity”, the promotion of “me, myself and I”. James writes “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” So the age old battle continues within us, the question remains, who will we serve today? The choice is yours, only choose wisely! – Rob Russomano blogs weekly and is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He serves full-time at America’s Keswick. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: The task is not to get God to do something I think needs done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can participate in it. Eugene Peterson
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27