Others Serving Us
Our flesh sees nothing wrong with others serving us, doing what we want them to do. In fact, our flesh would like to have a god that does what we want him to do, that does things our way. But our flesh does not want to serve God or others. In order to get what it wants, our flesh is sometimes willing to compromise. For our flesh, it is all about getting as much of what we want as possible. Our flesh can deceive itself into believing that its selfishness is proper.
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Before God purifies our hearts and we have Christ dwelling in them and directing us in the person of the Holy Spirit, what we have directing us is a deceitful and wicked heart in full cooperation with our flesh. We like having others serve us but we would rather not serve them.
Acts 15:8-9: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
When we become saved a battle begins within us. Our flesh wants others to serve it and our heart thrives on serving others.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
1 Corinthians 3:3: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Romans 8:5-9: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Sometimes it is difficult to see the difference between the life an unsaved person and the life of a carnal (fleshly) Christian. Can anyone see that you are a Christian? Are you blessed by unselfishly serving others? Before I received Jesus, I could only see things from one side, mine. Now He is helping me to see the needs of others and often put them above my own and meet them. He is far from finished working on me and He will never stop working on me. And I don*t want Him to stop.
Philippians 2:3: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Romans 12:10: Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Acts 20:35: I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
My flesh will never understand why I am happier and more fulfilled when I am serving God and others than when I am serving myself.