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ABOVE AND BEYOND


1 THESSALONIANS 4:10

“for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more,”
 

You’ve heard the expression, I’m sure. Paul is urging the brothers and sisters in Thessalonica to go above and beyond what is expected of them. He wants them to love more than ever. He wants them to excel in love. He wants them…. You get the picture. 

Do you know people who do that? They are willing to sacrifice for the sake of others. They will put aside their own wishes and desires for the common good. They will give up their own dreams for others. I think of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” George Bailey gave up his dreams of traveling around the world for his family. He, of course, in the end finds out family is all that really matters.

APPLICATION

Children don’t normally want to give up what they want for others, especially their siblings. But this is so important to teach them when they are young. If they can learn how to sacrifice for others, God can use them in ways He couldn’t otherwise. A selfish Christian is normally an unusable Christian. God wants us to be willing to give and give and give for others.

Ask your little Johnny what he would give up for his brother or sister or friend. Ask him if any of his possessions mean more to him than another person. If so, you have some correction to do. Turn that around. Things don’t matter. People do.

But how about you? Do you put your stuff above others? Do you put your plans and dreams first? There is nothing wrong with having dreams. There is nothing wrong with achievement. It’s just that all those things don’t rise to the level of others. Just ask Jesus.

Lord, thank You that You put us above Your own self. You are God, yet You gave Yourself for me. Help me give myself for others.

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