Self-fulfillment is not achieved through self-fulfillment.
All of us want to live a fulfilling life and seek to achieve that in a number of different ways. Many try to make lots of money, others want to be famous, some want political power, while some just want to be left alone and do their own thing. In truth, these all fall short of true fulfillment. Albert Schweitzer, the famous doctor said, “Do something for somebody everyday for which you do not get paid.” In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that our fulfillment comes when we’re prepared for “works of service”. That’s how we attain to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. So, who are you serving? Is it your spouse, your children, your family, your boss, your employees, your neighbor? If so, don’t begrudge this as a burden. You’re the one actually blessed. Serving is an opportunity to grow and experience the joy and satisfaction of life.
Jesus said that he did not come to be served but to serve. He fulfilled His purpose on Earth in the same way. When asked who was the greatest among the disciples, Jesus clearly stated that it was the one who serves. So today, thank God for all those you’re called upon to serve. They’re giving you the privilege of being filled to the full measure of Christ. Show appreciation for them. Thank God for them and serve your heart out. Serving others gets your eyes off of your own troubles and releases you from the pain of endlessly dwelling on yourself! In the end, you’ll experience true self-fulfillment and the rewards of a life well lived.
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