Ever find it hard to work for something if you aren’t receiving any of the benefits? When we go looking for a job, what is the first question we ask? “What benefits does it come with?” I believe it’s something we learn as children. Honestly, I’m even teaching my own children that. “Do your chores and you will get allowance.” “Finish your dinner and you will get desert.” Our minds are being trained that if we do something good, we get something for it.
What happened to just doing something good JUST BECAUSE we are supposed to? Obeying JUST BECAUSE God says we should.
Or….how about this? Doing what God tells us to so that SOMEONE ELSE can reap the benefits? Why are we not instilling that concept into our children? I wonder how it would work if I said, “Eat your dinner and your sister gets to eat desert.” Or “Do you chores and your brother will get paid.” Doesn’t this seem like a better way to teach our children how to love and serve others unconditionally?
King David understood that. He had a heart that wanted to please God (at least most of the time). David honored his word and honored God JUST BECAUSE he loved God. “One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” David didn’t HAVE to do this. He chose to and Mephibosheth received the benefits from it.
“I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” – 2 Samuel 9:9-10
David fought for God and it didn’t matter if he received the benefits or if someone else did. In 2 Samuel 23:10 it says, “Once Eleazar and David stood together against the Philistines when the entire Israelite army had fled. He killed Philistines until his hand was too tired to lift his sword, and the Lord gave him a great victory that day. The rest of the army did not return until it was time to collect the plunder!” His army left him and Eleazar ALONE to fight this battle and yet David still allowed them to benefit from the victory.
As followers of Christ…this HAS to be our mentality. We HAVE to grasp this concept. Do good for the benefits of others NOT for self. That’s what Jesus did. He laid down his life for US. Our reason for being here is to fellowship with God and when we grasp the importance of that relationship, we will want to share it with others for THEIR benefit, not ours.
Galatians 2:20 says that we are to die to self. To me I believe that means we shouldn’t go into this new life we’ve been given asking, “What am I going to benefit from this?” but instead…”Use me God for the benefit of others!”