24 “Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.”
24Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
The Corinthians were very conscious of their personal rights, but Paul challenged them to not become self-oriented but others-oriented. We are to become oriented to the good of others.
Committed Christians should be more interested in the good of the other person than in their own rights.
The well-being of other believers should be a priority of a committed believer. Exercise of liberty is of secondary importance. Placing the good of another person above our own is an indication of God’s touch upon our lives.
Most Christians are concerned about their own personal success, which is a terrific indictment against Christians today. We think of everything in reference to how it will affect us. It is all about “me first.” Self-interest is not our true purpose. The Word of God challenges this attitude; we must not revert to this kind of thinking:
Je 45: 5 “And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the Lord. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.”
Ph 2: 3Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4Let each of you lookout not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Most of us think in terms of self. “I am not appreciated like I should be.” “I am not recognized like I ought to be.” We allow our feeling to get hurt and we wear our feelings on our sleeve. We are great at looking out for ourselves, because we want to get some credit, some popularity, and we want recognition for what we do.