Ours is a self-serving age. That‘s what George Sweeting, former president of Moody Bible Institute, told graduating seniors at Taylor University. To illustrate, he told of a farmer who was single and wanted a wife. So he put an ad in a newspaper that read: “Man 35, wants a woman about 25, with tractor. Send picture of tractor.”
All of us are infected with selfishness. That’s why Paul told us to look out not only for our own interests but also for the interests of others. That “not only … but also” phrase keeps a proper balance.
This balance is also seen in the Old Testament law, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). To make this practical for His people Israel, God instructed them not to reap the corners of their field, nor gather the gleanings of their harvest. Why? “You shall leave them for the poor and stranger” (v. 10).
We need the outward look. Psychiatrist Dr. Carl Menninger was asked what he would do if he knew he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His reply: “I’d go out, find somebody in need, and help him.”
Christ is the greatest example of the outward look. Even though He is God, He humbled Himself as a man and became obedient to the point of death. He was looking out for you and for me. – Dennis J. De Haan
If we would learn the fear of God,
If would strive to keep His Word,
Our neighbor’s good would always be
Of great concern to you and me. – D. J. De Haan
We are at our best when we are good to others.
- May 22, 1992, Our Daily Bread