sealed in service

by Pastor Mark Jordan

If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me.” (Matthew 10:39, MSG)

One of the great paradoxes of life comes when we are seeking the meaning of it. Pop psychology and culture tells you to look within, believe in yourself, and that’s where it is. The problem is, Scripture tells us the heart is full of deceit (Jeremiah 17:9); as harsh as that sounds, if you’ve ever been betrayed by infatuation, then you know it’s true. As hopeless as that might feel, there is hope…Jesus!

Jesus taught that if we are only looking for self, we will be trapped by deceit. If, however, we look to Him, we will find both Him and self. This is the fulfillment of a promise from God as found in Jeremiah 29:13, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed” (MSG).

This is truth beyond measure. Even Gandhi, who loved him some Jesus, taught that the best way to find yourself is in service to others. Truth is found when you look beyond yourself to the needs of others, and realize that is where God meets you. If you are looking for yourself, you will find it in relationship to God and others, sealed in service.

Prayer: Dear Lord, please forgive me for the times I solely look within in hopes of finding myself. I know the meaning of life is found in you, sealed in service to others. Help me to look for ways to show others your goodness, and when I shine that light, I illuminate you in my life. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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