Volunteering and helping others increases our self-esteem and gives us a sense of purpose, well-being and accomplishment. But most importantly, it aids those who are less fortunate. When we give out of selfless love and concern it is Altruism. Egoism is when we only care about what’s in it for us.
Jesus said: “When you put on a lunch or dinner don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will repay you by inviting you back. Instead invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind…God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” (Luke 14: 12-14)
Jesus isn’t saying don’t entertain your friends but rather in all things check your motives, and as much as possible, be motivated by love which isn’t self-seeking (1 Corinthians 13:5).
He also said: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” (Mark 2:17)
Jesus was and still is a doctor, healer, and friend to all who reach out to Him. He encapsulated Altruism by laying His life down for us, knowing we could never repay Him.
What He asks in return is that we love one another in the same way.