A young man who worked in a large brokerage house announced to his business associates that his wife was going to have a baby, which would be their first. As the due day drew near each day, he was very touched by the continual interest, his colleagues showed in her condition. One or more of them would come by his desk every day and ask, “How’s your wife doing? Do you think today is the big day?”
However, he soon discovered that their interest wasn’t genuine. The men in the office had bet on the date their baby would arrive. Their concern was only prompted by nothing more than selfish motives. Millions of people today no longer look for satisfaction through a loving relationship with God and other people. Life seems to revolve around them, and they are too busy seeking after their own motives and interests.
My beloved, don’t we many times express interest in others out of selfish motives rather than a sincere love. That’s why Peter spoke of “sincere love of the brethren” (1 Peter 1:22). The word translated sincere comes from a Greek term meaning “not acting” or “insincere.” Samuel Rutherford, the 17th-century theologian observed, “There is a spice of hypocrisy in us all.” Thus, it is imperative, then, as believers in Christ that we make sure our actions communicate to those around us a genuine concern and heartfelt love for them and not from selfish reasons.
To “walk in love” as Ephesians 5:2 states, means that we continually do the little acts of kindness that can make life bearable and better for other people and not for what we can get out of it! My beloved, one practical way to express our love costs only the price of a postage stamp, plus paper, ink, and a little thought behind what you want to communicate to the person.
Haven’t we all, at one time or another, felt the urge to write a letter or an unexpected note to someone that would brighten that person’s day. Perhaps it is a note of appreciation, an expression of concern (but not like the young man’s business associates mentioned above) or a compliment for a task well done. Too often the letter goes unwritten and the impulse is unexpressed. We then convince ourselves that we don’t have time, or that our letter won’t matter.
A young pastor cherished a simple note he had received from a busy engineer in his congregation. The letter simply said, “Your sermon met me where I was on Sunday – at the crossroads of confusion and hurt. Thank you for preaching it!” My brethren, those words from that engineer met the pastor where he lived – at the intersection of discouragement and pain – and encouraged him to keep on in the ministry.
You know what, the note took less than 5 minutes to write, and was from a heart filled with a sincere love for the brethren. Thus, may it be said if you’re a child of God, that your actions each day reflect a desire to please God with a genuine love, rather than to impress people or with selfish motives in mind!
Although we live before a world
That sees the things we do,
It’s more important that we know
God sees our motives too. – DJD
One little act of thoughtfulness and kindness can have multiple results.