Jesus, Others, You

Written by M. Larson

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The perfect formula for JOY is “Jesus, Others, You.” It really works! When you put Jesus first in your life, you stay with Him and have the joy He promised His followers (John 15:11). When you are concerned about others and helping and encouraging them, you have no time to wallow in self-pity or self-concern. You see the needs of others, and your heart goes out to them. As you help them spiritually, emotionally, or materially, you will experience a joy unknown to self-centered people.

Sometimes the Lord lays on my heart someone I should phone. Often the person has exclaimed, “Oh, I’m so glad you called! I needed someone to talk to, someone who would pray with me!” After talking over their problems and praying, the women often reach a state of resting in the Lord. I receive the wonderful blessing and joy of knowing God used me to help.

In Mark 8:34-38, Jesus tells how important it is to never be ashamed of Him. If He is first in our lives, we will want to share His salvation with others.

In Matthew 10:39-42, Jesus says if we give a fellow Christian a cup of cold water because we are His disciples, we will receive a reward.

Jesus said, “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).

Put Jesus and others first and YOU will have joy!

~Father God, Thank you that You have given us the formula for joy. We know it is in putting You and others first in our lives. Forgive me for my self-centered ways and for the times when my self focus clouds You and others out. Guide me today to someone I can be a blessing to and fill me with Your Spirit as I go. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Questions: Who or what are you putting first in your life? Are you experiencing JOY? Is there someone you could be a blessing to today?

About the Author: Muriel Larson

3 Responses to “Jesus, Others, You”

  • sharon says:

    thank you for this great reminder to always put God first then others sometimes i need to be reminded of that

  • Mugs says:

    Helping others makes you realize how blest you are! by God You notice that you are not the only one who has struggles!

  • Lily says:

    i TOTALLY agree with you because experience has taught me that if I put God and others first, I am at peace from then on! allelulia

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