Monday, November 21, 2011

Cultivating a Heart that Cares About Others

Everyone I know wants to be a success. The world’s definition of success is a lot different than God’s definition. God’s Word tells us that we achieve greatness by serving. Mark 10:43-45 says ...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

The more I work with people the more I realize that both children and adults are selfish by nature. None of us have to take a class on how to put ourselves, our wants, and desires before others. We get that on our own just fine. It’s just the opposite we have to work at training both kids and adults to have and demonstrate a servant’s heart.

The only way I know to do this is to be intentional about cultivating a heart in
kids that cares about others. It all starts with giving them the word on the
subject. Proverbs 3:3-4 says “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind
them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win
favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Whatever we want kids to
do we must always start with the word. We build kids’ faith on a subject by
giving them the word on that subject so they can line up their thoughts with
God’s thoughts. Make sure that on a regular basis you teach kids about God’s
love for others. 1Corointhians 16:14 says to “Do everything in love!” In that same
book back in chapter 13 and verse 1 it says “If I speak in the tongues of men and
of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

You just can’t separate loving God and not loving His people. They go hand in

more to come...

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