Self-fulfillment is Not Achieved through Self-fulfillment
All of us want to live a fulfilling life and seek to achieve that in a number of different ways. Many try to make lots of money, others want to be famous, some want to have political power, some just want to be left alone and have a quiet place to do their own thing. But all of these fall short of being truly fulfilling.
Albert Schweitzer, the famous doctor said, “Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.”
In Ephesians 4, Paul tells us that our fulfillment comes when we are prepared for “works of service." That is how we attain to the whole measure of fullness of Christ.
So let me ask you, whom are you serving? Are you serving your husband, your wife, your children, your boss, your family, your neighbor? If so, don’t begrudge this as a burden. You are actually blessed. These are opportunities for you to grow and experience the joy and satisfaction of life. Jesus himself said that he did not come to be served but to serve. He fulfilled His purpose on earth in the same way. In fact, when asked who was the greatest among the disciples, Jesus made it clear that it was the one who serves.
So today, thank God for all those you are called upon to serve. They are giving you the privilege of being filled to the full measure of Christ. Show appreciation for them. Thank God for them, and serve your heart out. In the end, you will experience true self-fulfillment and the rewards of a life well lived.