What’s in it for me?

Well, we’ve just been handed down the Federal Budget for 2016 and beyond, and all I keep hearing from the media, as well as various people is: What’s in it for me?

I think it is a very sad reflection of where we are now at, as a society, that all we tend to be interested in, is ourselves. It reminds me of what a former deputy Prime Minister and brother in Christ, John Anderson, said at a Men’s Katoomba Christian Convention. In the excellent talk he gave, he said upfront that he would tell us all who to vote for in the next election—which certainly got everyone’s attention! And in the end he basically said: vote for the party whose concern is for your neighbour, rather than just for the party that might offer something better for you. And he’s right. Our sinfulness, our selfishness, our me-centeredness, hungers after and therefore says: what’s in it for me, and says it every time. So don’t feed it!

And so, the response by some, to this budget, has been that all I will get from it is the equivalent of one coffee each week: a $6 per week tax cut at the very most.

Friends, please don’t fall for what many are completely focused on: themselves. As followers of Jesus, our focus must be on Him and also on our neighbours, that is, what He wants us to be on about, including what our neighbours might need. And when our focus is right, we can be assured that He will always look after us (Matthew 6:33).

May I put this before you, that rather than respond to every budget, or wage rise, or promotion, or blessing that comes your way, with the thinking: what’s in it for me, that is, how much will I get out of it… what could I buy with it… etc., etc.,… that instead we immediately think: What’s in it for God? And likewise: What’s in it for my neighbour? And then consider how you might be able to bless someone in need with it, or how you might be able to further assist the work God is doing.

Empowered by the Spirit, we are to make disciples of Jesus,
of all people of all ages, to the glory of God the Father.

Trev Saggers

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