Selfishness

August 23, 2022

Breaking The “Where Is Mine” Mentality

We pretty much are a selfish people. An example of this showed up in church a few Sundays ago. On the first Sunday morning of each month our children do not go to children’s church but instead stay in the sanctuary. We do this to help prepare them to learn how to worship in “big church” and also to give our children’s church workers a once-a-month break.

When the children stay in the sanctuary our children’s director gives each one of them a “busy bag” with items in it to help keep their attention but also be involved in spiritual activities as the puzzles, games etc. are mostly spiritually based.

This particular Sunday one of the children’s bags had a piece of candy in it. We don’t know how it got in there but it caused quite a stir. When the child pulled out the piece of candy immediately 9 other children who were all sitting there together all immediately looked in their bag for their piece of candy. Since none of the other bags had a piece of candy the whining began. “How come she got a piece of candy and I didn’t? Where is my candy?” and on and on until we almost had to stop church in order to settle the children down.

Now we laugh and say “oh well that was just children.” But I think that it is more about the culture that we have become more than just children being children. I see adults act like children when they don’t get their way or when someone else gets something that they don’t. We act like selfish, entitled brats – even Christians act this way. Look at the road rage and shootings that we have that most of the times have selfishness at the root of them.

The word of God reminds us in so many places to, “think more highly of others than ourselves” (Romans 12:3). Also in I Corinthians 10:24 “No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” I Corinthians 13:7 reminds us that, “Love is not selfish”. Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;” And there are many others.

Jesus was the most selfless example we could ever imagine. He constantly gave Himself away and sacrificed His own comforts so that others could benefit. In the most selfless act of all time, He gave up His very life so that anyone in all humanity could be saved and not go to Hell. He gave up the comforts of Heaven to endure the most extreme Hell on the cross. He did this unselfish act so that you and I would never have to face that Hell for all eternity.

So ask yourself – Am I living like Jesus lived or am I living a selfish – me centered life? We need to change our focus away from ourselves and remember that – it isn’t about me – it’s all about Him (Jesus) and people seeing Him through me and my life.

In response people will say that being selfish is just human nature. That’s the problem. We need to put to death our human nature and let it be replaced with a Holy Spirit filled nature. As the Holy Spirit acts and reacts through us we will not focus on ourselves but on winning other people to Jesus and they will learn to die to themselves and live for Him.

In love with Jesus – Gary Mimbs

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