27. Others

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” –Philippians 2:4, ESV

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” -Luke 17:33

“We lose what on ourselves we spend,
We have, as treasures without end,
Whatever, Lord, to thee we lend,
Who givest all—who givest all.”
-“Giving to God,” Christopher Wordsworth (1807–85)

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot, October 28, 1949 http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/faq/20.htm

“Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.”
-Charles D. Meigs, 1917.

“…the story is told of a missionary who loved her books. Some she gladly loaned, but others — her favorites — she kept stored in a footlocker under her bed. One night she heard a scratching sound. After searching, she discovered the noise was coming from her footlocker. When she opened it, she found an enormous pile of dust. Termites had destroyed her precious books. That which she had tried to keep for herself, now belonged to no one.” – More Precious Than Silver. Copyright © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. http://www.joniandfriends.org/

What reactions or comments do you have on the thoughts reflected in these quotes? Feel free to submit questions for discussion.

Do we read of any place where the Lord sought for something just to please Himself, or did something simply for Himself?

What are examples of places where the Lord manifested what it was to live for others?

26. Colossians 3

Oh may I die to self today
That Christ may in me live,
And may my joy be found in Him
Who did to others give.

I would not seek the praise of men
for that is little worth,
My cares are to the Father’s will
and not the things of earth.

Oh give me Lord Thy humble mind
that meekly would forgive
The faults and failures of Thine own,
Gave life so I might live.

And oh! Thy love, no tongue can tell
What sufferings were borne;
For peace to reign within my heart
Thou didst bear cross and thorn.

May all I do and all I say
be only for Thee, Lord,
And then one day when Thee I see
I’ll have Thy great reward.

25. “Jesus Loves Me”

I received these “new” words to the familiar song “Jesus loves me” and thought I would share them with you. I’m not sure who the author is– if you do please let me know so I can post it.

Jesus dying on the tree
Means Jehovah’s just decree-
Words of Him who cannot lie:-
“Whoso sinneth, he shall die.”
Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me! He died upon the tree.
Jesus dying on the tree
Means the sentence passed on me
Has descended on His head,
And that He hath died instead.
Jesus dying on the tree
Means that mercy now is free;
Free to bless, since He hath died,
And God’s justice satisfied.
Jesus dying on the tree
Means – and oh, how blest to see-
That believing, I’m forgiven,
White as snow, and meet for Heaven.