To help us.
In helping others, we extend ourselves and grow. Like a tree that bears fruit, we multiply when we allow others to pick our fruit freely and cast the seeds near and far. The cliche, “It is better to give than to receive,” is not without merit. When Israel rejected God as their King and asked for a man to lead them like the surrounding nations had, God warned them.
"This will be the behavior of the king who will reign over you:
- He will TAKE your sons and appoint them for his own chariots and to be his horsemen, and some will run before his chariots. He will appoint captains over his thousands and captains over his fifties, will set some to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and some to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.
- He will TAKE your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, and bakers.
- He will TAKE the best of your fields, your vineyards, and your olive groves, and give them to his servants.
- He will TAKE a tenth of your grain and your vintage, and give it to his officers and servants.
- He will TAKE your male servants, your female servants, your finest young men, and your donkeys, and put them to his work.
- He will TAKE a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants.
And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day."
– 1 Sam. 8:10-18
Compare that with the character of Jesus Christ. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13. Now ask yourself this: to whom are you drawn? To the one who will take and take and take, or to the one who lays down His life, gives His most precious and priceless possession just for your freedom that you may live?