On the Lookout

Michael Beck

“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10)

We can be so self-consumed that we never see the needs of those who surround us. The essence of the mind of Christ is to “look on” the things of another. “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” (Phil. 2:4) A considerate person considers others.

We are called to do for others what we would like them to do for us. Wouldn’t we be blessed if people were more considerate of us? If they saw a need in our life and reached out in a timely way to bless us. But Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

The more selfish we are the more miserable we will be. We will always gripe about how little people care about us; how oblivious they are to our state. We will call them what we are. But the most selfless and other-centered people are the most blessed. The reward they receive in being able to bless others is greater than any blessing they could be getting.

If we are to know the blessed life we must be givers – not only in material ways, but in the giving of consideration. This begins in prayer as we ask: “Lord, how can I be a blessing to my spouse, child, brother, parent, neighbor, etc.” The answer may not come immediately, but the Lord will have us be “on the lookout,” and when the opportunity arises, we will be ready to “do good.”

Don’t complain about the insensitivity of those around you. Be a leader. Be the person you want others to be. Lead by example.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.