Your love for someone else can’t be big IF

Sometimes the most significant thing you can to do care for someone else is staring you right in the face…

Literally.

Here’s what I mean. “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Romans 13:9) Remember that one? Yeah, it’s pretty huge. Well, most of us read that principle like this: “LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR (as yourself).” But what if we read it like this: “Love your neighbour AS YOURSELF”?

That statement—which occurs multiple times in the Bible, including on the lips of Jesus himself—presupposes that you actually love yourself. So if you’re not spiritually caring for yourself, the care that you give others is going to be SERIOUSLY compromised. In other words…

Your care for someone else can’t be big if your spiritual care for yourself is small.

So what do you do?

I think you need to attack spiritual inconsistency in your life. Why? Because inconsistency equals inconsistency. If you are inconsistent with homework you’re going to be inconsistent in getting good grades. And if you are inconsistent with exercise and a good diet you are going to be inconsistent in reaping health benefits. I think the same ideas applies to your faith.

The way you spiritually care for yourself is to be consistent in the fundamental practices of Bible reading, of worship, of giving, of serving, of rest, and of prayer.

When you’re consistent in those areas you have more capacity for compassion, more margin for mercy, and more get-up-and-go for sharing goodness with the world.

Your care for someone else can’t be big if your spiritual care for yourself is small.

So take your next best step toward consistency. By this point I’m guessing you already know what you need to do.

You can’t fill someone else’s gas tank when you’re running on empty.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on my Sunday podcast from Westminster. If you want to check it out you can do so here. Enjoy!

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