“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’”  Matthew 16:24-25

Overview

If we are going to follow Christian Lessons, we must deny many of our desires.  Christian Lessons teach us to focus our energy on helping other people, especially those people with limited resources.  The good news is that you do not have to give up everything to follow Jesus.  When you review your experiences over a long time, you will see many benefits that you gained from following Christian Lessons and putting the needs of other people ahead of your desire to have more.

My Experience

I learned at an early age that working to gain recognition for my efforts was not nearly as important as helping other people.  By shifting my focus from trying to be recognized to encouraging other people, I was able to improve life for everyone.  I received plenty of recognition without striving for it. 

When I started a software business, there were many challenges with customers and staff members.  After starting the company, I learned right away that it was not crucial that I receive credit for all good results.  My focus was on developing my staff and helping the customers. 

There were many times when customers did not have the resources or the knowledge to accomplish specific tasks with our software. At first, my thought was to explain to them that the software is not the problem.  I soon realized that encouraging them to focus their efforts was much more productive than proclaiming the software is not the issue.  The result of helping the customers even though we do not include support with the purchase of our software, we increased sales because we had better communication with our customers, and the customers referred us to new customers. 

When I look back on the first few years of the business, I helped many of the customers because I knew they needed our help even though they did not pay for it.  Later I realized that over time I benefited as much as the customers did. 

Summary

In many situations, it may be to your advantage to think of yourself first, but if you make the Christian choice and help needy people, you will benefit over time. The key is not to do things because you will benefit from them, make helping others and following Christian teaching your number one priority and you will find that your life is better than if you chose the selfish approach.

Consider My Book – Life Enhancement With Jesus

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Published by Jim Brandt

Jim Brandt was an all-conference college football player and served as a Marine Corps pilot during the Vietnam War. He also started a software company and served as an executive for the fifth-largest bank in the United States. Brandt won the Democratic party nomination for Congress twice. He is married and has three children.