Someone Else’s Problems


July 29, 2005
Someone Else’s Problems
By John Fischer

Evangelicals often put being saved and going to heaven in the same sentence, as if heaven were the only goal of our salvation. But the truth is, we are saved to serve. Heaven is important, but heaven can wait. God saves us because he has a job for us to do in His kingdom here on earth. If heaven is the whole point of our salvation, then what do we do while we wait? Change the channel on our Christian entertainment?

It’s amazing how many of our own problems dissipate when we begin caring about other people’s problems instead of focusing on our own. We’ve picked up some very bad habits from our culture. We have a tendency to be preoccupied with our own needs and constantly trying to fulfill them. Advertising plays into this self-indulgence, promising that one more product will be the thing that will finally satisfy us. The truth of the matter is: getting will never come close to the satisfaction that giving affords.

Think of someone you know who is truly happy and I venture to guess you will find someone busy serving others. If, in fact, our troubles will never go away (and I don’t believe they ever will in this life), then to focus on them and try to solve them is going to be nothing but a broken record. Make one problem go away, and watch another one crop up immediately. To give ourselves to the task of attending to the problems of those around us may not make our own problems go away, but it will make them less of a drag. Focusing on our own problems can lead to anxiety, frustration and even depression. Focusing on other people’s problems leads to usefulness and a greater sense of health.

So today, when we are tempted to look in, to our own needs, let’s look out, instead, to the needs of those around us and see if own needs diminish by comparison. Who knows, we may even forget about ourselves in the process.

Jesus hung on a cross and thought of those who were putting him there, and even pleaded their case before his Father, because he knew they didn’t realize the full impact of what they were doing. Can you imagine having even a fleeting thought about someone else if you were in that much pain yourself? But that’s just the thing about Jesus: He was always thinking of someone else.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted July 29, 2005 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Great thoughts…I agree with the saved to serve, especially. As we become more like Jesus, as we are called to do, perhaps we will begin to think more about others first.

    Now, as an aside, do you have to have special software to brew that coffee?

  2. Posted July 29, 2005 at 9:23 pm | Permalink

    The computer runs on caffine.

  3. Posted July 29, 2005 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    ahh

  4. Posted July 29, 2005 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Knowing Mocha latte code also helps.

  5. Posted July 29, 2005 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    hyper-trip-mocha-latte code?
    How bout JavaScript?

  6. Posted July 30, 2005 at 12:31 am | Permalink

    Nice post, Kodiak… Roght now Johnny and I are reading 1 Corinthians together and it speaks of this too… very timely… God must be trying to get my attention 🙂

  7. Posted July 30, 2005 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    Sammy – I was trying to think of Java Sript, but it was late.

  8. Posted July 30, 2005 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    We become more like Jesus AS we serve others. We don’t become “like” Jesus by waiting!

  9. Posted July 30, 2005 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I believe that Paul said “To live is Christ and to die is gain”! Great post today Kodiak we are people with a mission. Sometimes it is coffee powered, but a mission non-the-less! BBT


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