Pastor Anthony Wynn has preached many sermons on thinking of others. It may seem like an easy thing to do, but many don’t. If you don’t believe me just watch traffic the next time you drive to work or the store. Did the person in front of you use their turn signal to let you know that they were turning? Did someone pull up into an intersection and when the light turned green for you they turned left in front of you to keep from sitting at the light for another cycle? Has anyone ever speed past you while talking on the phone and then cut you off only to exit right away even though there was nobody behind you? These and many other examples are of people more concerned with their own life and less concerned for others. Cars are a good depiction of how people are since most feel they are hidden from others while driving. They are alone in an enclosed space and can be themselves more than at other times. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen elsewhere. Have you seen someone using their phone during a movie? Have you stood in a grocery store line with the person in front of you talking on the phone and not paying attention to the cashier?
The bible tells us in Philippians 2:3
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Our society is turning more toward self fulfillness and further away from thinking of others. As Christians we need to put the world behind us and Jesus in front. Pastor has preached J.O.Y.: Jesus, others, you. Nothing has spoke to me more than those three letters. I have found that putting Jesus first makes it easier to think of others. Jesus will put a desire in you to help others before yourself.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:19
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
God did not create us in his image to ignore our fellow man. We must help each other live for Him and ultimately find everlasting life in the kingdom of heaven. The next time you are out make a conscious effort to think of others. It can be something as simple as holding a door for someone or moving your grocery cart out of the way so someone can pass. By doing for others you are showing your love for God and thus giving Him praise.
1 John 4:20-21
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.