Inside Out 

…In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3–4


 Something interesting happens when we begin to place a greater value on the needs of others than on our own. Something supernatural. As we give out to others, Father God fills us with more. As we invest ourselves in meeting the needs of others, Father God meets our needs. As we reach out and touch someone with love, Father God touches us afresh with His love. It creates a virtuous circle.
 In Romans 15, Paul prays, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLT). I have found that when I focus on me and my needs, my inner spiritual life begins to shrink. When I look outward, becoming focused on the needs of others, it begins to grow. Healing happens. Peace increases. Hope overflows. As we look away from ourselves, the inside-out process of transformation into greater Christlikeness is accelerated.
 We may feel far from complete in our spiritual maturity, but when we dare to express the love of God to others, regardless of ourselves, miracles can happen. God takes our sacrifice and multiplies it. He takes the little we can offer and makes it into something extraordinary. And in the doing, He shapes us to be a little more like Jesus. 
Paul says the outflow of the Spirit in our lives will result in “tenderness and compassion.” Do we allow that tenderness and compassion to be expressed to others, no matter where we are? Are we tender to others at Walmart? Are we compassionate at Ruby’s? Does the fragrance of Christ flow from us when we stop to get gas? As we cooperate with the Holy Spirit inside us, we will notice His influence flowing out of us into the ordinary situations of life. His love is expressed in the routine, unremarkable moments—not just on special occasions. And as we share His love with others, day by day, we are healed, changed, transformed, grown.
Article courtesy of Heidi Baker | visit their site at http://www.irisglobal.org/

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