I remember reading an article when I was much younger about Bob Hope's lifestyle. It was one of the first times I'd ever heard of someone living in such extravagance. He had an amazing house, a driver, a chef cooking his meals, people cutting his grass... more than anything I could even imagine.

And I remember this thought going through my young mind as I was reading, Man, people wait on him hand and foot— that's the good life!

But as I've gotten older, I've come to realize my thinking back then was completely backward. Yes, it's a blessing to receive. But it's more of a blessing to give. Philippians 2:1-7 tells us:

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ... have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who... made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant....”

Being “united with Christ” is the essence of experiencing the Good Life God has for you and me.

You see, Jesus didn't come to be served but to serve—we're in union with a servant. That means when you're born again, you also become a servant. So it makes sense that it's so fulfilling to serve others—because you're living out who you are in Christ!

I came across a little book not long ago called What Happens When You Serve. The book cites several studies that analyzed people's brains as they served others.

One study focused on two groups of people: The first group served regularly in their church or community; the second one didn't. The people who served registered significantly higher levels of satisfaction and happiness. And brain scans showed higher activity on a weekly basis in the pleasure center of their brains.

Friend, there is deep joy to be found in serving others—that's part of the Good Life!

It's so much better to give someone a lift than to have a chauffeur drive you around. It's better to prepare a meal for someone who needs it than to have someone cook for you. And it's better to mow the grass for your neighbor in crisis than to have someone do it for you.

It's what Jesus wants us to do—because we're so closely tied to Him. It's how He wants to help other people through us. That's how you experience deep, abiding joy in your life. And there's nothing else like it! 

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