The Bible tells us that Jesus “purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10NLT). How are you allowing Him to give you this rich and satisfying life? How is He using you to enrich and satisfy the lives of your family and friends? Do you use your influence to enrich their lives or do you just use them to enrich yours?
In Judges 16: 4-22, Delilah uses her influence to strip Sampson of his strength. How often do use your influence to strip your loved ones of their strength. Do you manipulate them to follow your will, even though it may not be the best thing for them? Delilah may be an extreme scenario, but so often I catch myself thinking about what someone else can do for me, and not what I can do for them. These are the same thing.
Proverbs says, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Using your gifts and strengths to support and uplift others, actually builds you up as well. The opposite is also true. If you are using other people to build yourself up, you are tearing them down. Eventually, it tears you down too. You may think you are getting ahead, but in the long run you are burning bridges and building up walls between yourself and others.
In order to get the rich and satisfying life that God has promised, you need to give to building up others as well. It’s that simple.
Whose iron will you sharpen today?
How will you treat God’s treasures?