The purpose of life is to give our lives away. Give your life away on purpose. If the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second is like the first, to love our neighbor as ourself, then to express our love for God, we have to love people, and the way we love people is by giving. Giving our time to someone who is lonely. Giving our ear to someone who is hurting. Giving our resources to help somebody.
Did you know that in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, one out of every six verses deals with money? Of the 29 parables Christ told, 16 deal with a person and money; more than half of Jesus’ parables reference our possessions. About our New Testament Lesson, Augustine said, “Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure is, there is your heart; where your heart is, there is your happiness.”
Self-absorption, self-seeking, and self-serving ambitions are all contradictory to the Christian life. Why is the self-help book section at Barnes and Nobles so crowded? Because people continue to seek ways to help themselves; self-reliance is overrated.