SELFISHNESS (by Janine Mick Wills)
Have you ever been selfish? Yeah, I know. Silly question, right? We’ve all been selfish. Those times when our way or what we want is the only thing that matters. The times we put our needs above those of others.
Getting our way may bring temporary happiness or fulfillment, but it’s temporal and fleeting. The Holy Spirit’s conviction will see to that. One of the hallmarks of a Christian is selflessness. Let’s find out more about it, shall we?
Christ is the perfect example of selflessness.
Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
John 13:14,15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
Roman’s 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
A Christian should not be selfish. Everything we are and have is from God.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
The Christian life is one of sacrifice and service, not selfishness.
Luke 9:23-25 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
A Christian is not to look upon her needs but upon the needs of others.
Romans 15:1, 2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Philippians 2:3, 4 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
A Christian is to share hospitality.
1 Peter 4:9, 10 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
A Christian is not to be selfish toward the man of God.
1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.
A Christian should treat others as she would like to be treated.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
A giving Christian will be blessed. (The opposite is true for one who does not give.)
Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
Proverbs 11:26 He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.
From reading the above, it’s plain to see what the Lord thinks about selfishness. Christ came as a perfect example of a selfless person. Let’s try to emulate Him. Find the true source of J-O-Y:
J – Jesus first
O – Others second
Y – Yourself last