When I live for a lesser cause – I become a lesser person.
Those were the essence of the words spoken by King Lemuel’s mother to him as a young man. While theologians surmise that King Lemuel was a pseudonym for one of the kings of Israel, we do know his words ring true down through history. Searching to satisfy our own desires does not fulfill but leaves us empty. Our true humanity is found only in the pursuit of “satisfying” – helping others.
Contrast that concept to your life. How much of your life is spent in acquiring things compared to acquiring the gratitude of others? What percentage of your resources are consumed on satisfying your own “hungers” versus satisfying the hungry stomachs or needs of others? These are tough questions that often leave us dodging for excuses and deflecting towards those more selfish than ourselves.
For the next couple minutes just think about those question. Not so that you’ll feel the guilt you’re hoping to avoid but so that you can evaluate your life and the blessings God has granted you. Go ahead! The blog will wait.
When I face these questions honestly, I’m often struck at how little personal satisfaction I receive in the pursuit of my own needs. I’m also reminded how much I receive in return you when I’ve helped someone who desperately needed my assistance.
King Lemuel’s mother concluded her wise words like this:
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. 9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)
There is an undeclared precept in the New Testament called The Law of the Harvest: We reap what we sow. Cast my resources towards myself and they are consumed. But cast my resources towards others and they increase. It is an undeniable reality in the Kingdom of God. And it is the only way we will find true and lasting fulfillment in life.