About a week ago I was serving in VBS at the Manhasset campus. Throughout the week as I saw children seeking to know more about Christ, I couldn't help but realize the importance of having a child-like faith. One of the preschoolers in my crew asked me why we had two hands. She was amazed when I told her that it was because God created us that way and everything he creates has a purpose, including her. She then asked me what her purpose was and when I told her that I did not know but that she can trust God, I could see her perspective change and she began to tell her friends what I had said. Matthew 18:3 says, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Oftentimes, it’s difficult to identify ourselves with “children” because they are seen as weak and dependent, but God calls us to be vulnerable and dependent on him just like a child is to it’s parents. God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.
“What’s in it for me?” This is a question we answer every day as it’s in our nature to look out for our self-interest, especially when we are inconvenienced by demands. The culture may exhibit this pattern of thinking, but as Christ-followers, we are called to a different way of being. It is the way of love that impels us to serve more, stay longer and endure more than we intended. It is going the extra mile and putting the interest of others ahead of ours (Philippians 2:4).
Jesus calls us to conduct our lives this way as we negotiate personal or business deals, work in a challenging place of employment, or handle the difficulties of relationships. Love demands that we look out for the interest of others. That’s what Jesus did for us on the cross, and the Holy Spirit has empowered us to do the same for others. Surprisingly, it is through these acts of humility that we experience a fulfilled, abundant life.