“Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11.
Our prayers are not to be a selfish asking, merely for our own benefit. We are to ask that we may give. The principle of Christ’s life must be the principle of our lives. “For their sakes,” He said, speaking of His disciples, “I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified.” John 17:19. The same devotion, the same self-sacrifice, the same subjection to the claims of the word of God, that were manifest in Christ, must be seen in His servants. Our mission to the world is not to serve or please ourselves; we are to glorify God by co-operating with Him to save sinners. We are to ask for blessings from God that we may communicate to others. The capacity for receiving is preserved only by imparting. We cannot continue to receive heavenly treasure without communicating with those around us. –Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 142.
Question to think about:
Do we glorify God with our lives, or do we serve ourselves?
Do we need God’s blessings to communicate with others?
Is it possible to receive blessings if we only receive without giving?