Posted in Ages 11 & above, The Negatives

It’s ME and only ME !!!

The world that we live in teaches us to compete with others. From a very young age it builds a competitive mentality in us and as we grow, this mentality also grows within us. It also urges us to take part in the rat race for wealth, position, power, recognition, etc. In this pursuit, as we climb up the ladder, we push others down and also knock them down if necessary. Our concern is only about us – our future, our career, our well being, our recognition, our fame, our reputation etc. We do not stop or care to look around and see if we are hurting anyone in this process. In fact, this is what our world follows and marks as the way to success. In other words, the world instills in us selfishness or self-seeking. The world supports selfishness doesn’t mean it is the right way. We should be concerned about what the treasure book says about selfishness / self- seeking.

Let us open the treasure book to find clues:

OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK undefined

Self- seeking / Selfishness

Selfishness / self-seeking is to think only about oneself without considering other people and to be concerned about only one’s own welfare / interests before those of others. In any given situation, selfish people will think only about themselves and their affairs and will act accordingly to turn everything to their benefit. Even remotely, they do not think how it will affect others and their lives.

For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

James 3:16

but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.

Romans 2:8

The word of God clearly states that selfishness is evil. Such people obey unrighteous and do not obey the truth. Obeying truth is obedience before God and obeying unrighteousness is disobedience before God. So the self-seeking / the selfish are disobedient before God. Disobedience to God is sin and hence selfishness is a sin before God. So this clearly is not a desirable quality for the children of God. What the world follows and instills is completely against what God wants us to practice and follow.

For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

Romans 8:5

Do not follow the world or take in what the world instills. This is possible only if you set your minds in the things of Spirit rather than on the things of the world. Do not get into the rat race like the world but follow the things of the spirit and the plans of God for your life.

Selfishness is evil before God and is a sin.

Our Example

As we all know, Jesus is our perfect example to look onto.

Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:4-8

Jesus, although God, left everything to be born as a man just so that His creation – the human race, who were living under the clutches of sin could have eternal life. He took the punishment we deserved. He didn’t have to do that at all. Still He did because He was not selfish or self-seeking but loved us unconditionally. He had to go through terribly bad persecution of all times. He was tortured physically such that there was no place on His body without a bruise. He was completely disfigured because of the torture. He took the worst death of all times – being nailed on a cross ALIVE and then dying on the cross for no offense of His. He did it all for US so that we get eternal life. He is the most selfless person who ever lived on this planet. How could He possibly go through such terrible torture? The love He had for us overpowered the pain from His torture. He gave His precious life and blood for our sake – for saving us from the eternal punishment that we very well deserved!!! All throughout He put our interest before His own.

Jesus is our perfect example. He is the most selfless person who ever lived on this planet. He left everything to be born as a man, endured terrible physical torture and the worst death of all times just so that we can have eternal life.

Our attitude

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Philippians 2:3-4

Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

1 Corinthians 10:24

 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:39

We should not do any thing because of selfish ambitions but should respect others and consider them better than ourselves. We should not only look out for our interests but also of others. Never do anything at the expense of others rather seek their well being. This can be done only if we love them. As Jesus taught, we should love one another wholeheartedly.

The world teaches us to be selfish, but God wants us to be selfless just like Jesus. Love each other, seek their well being and consider them better than yourselves.

Treasures uncovered

Selfishness is evil before God and is a sin.

Jesus is our perfect example. He is the most selfless person who ever lived on this planet. He left everything to be born as a man, endured terrible physical torture and the worst death of all times just so that we can have eternal life.

The world teaches us to be selfish, but God wants us to be selfless just like Jesus. Love each other, seek their well being and consider them better than yourselves.

Do not take in what the world instills, rather walk in the spirit and follow the truth.

Prayer:

Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.

Psalm 119:36

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