We’re all selfish. Some just take it further then others.
In this world we live in we see the media constantly spitting out ideas for a “new you!” in 2014, and new cell-phone plans that “revolve around you”.
The people on this here planet seem only interested in what to gain and how others can make that happen for them. Not saying there aren’t people who strive for better (not to mention Christians being changed by Christ!) but it seems that when push comes to shove unregenerate people basically care about themselves. (Though us Christians certainly struggle also!)
So as we drove down street this past week, (as some may know I’m currently working in Massachusetts to make some extra money so I can mover “further” in life so-to-speak) we were met by this lady driving a small car, and both our car couldn’t get through. We had gotten there first so I assumed she would just back up and be OK with it, seems fair enough to me right?
But no. She flipped us off, mouthed something I didn’t appreciate, and then begrudgingly backed up and let us through. Which honestly didn’t frustrate me. It made me sad for her.
But as the great band Switchfoot has rightly said:
“Every fight comes from the fight within”
Back where I live anyone would be happy with that. But the busier lifestyle of people here makes for quite a bit more tension! So it’s pretty different for me. No culture shock or anything. Just different.
As Romans 3:23 says:
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
We’re the problem. Outward circumstances aren’t. Not saying that situations can’t effect things, but they’re not the reason for our sinful reaction. They just trigger the tension already there. (Trust me, i know!) (also, c.f. Prov 25:28, 1st Cor 10:13)
So circumstances aren’t the issue, we are. We’re sinners responsible for acting in a Christ-like way. So our own selfishness is our problem, not someone elses. You and I definitely on a daily basis need to be asking Christ “And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:24).
So I know we all have our own sin issues we’re (hopefully) dealing with with Christ. But where does it all go? Why be selfish? Obviously it wasn’t the blueprint in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lived perfectly with God and there wasn’t any sin whatsoever. Their disobedience led them down a blame-shifting selfish road that invited sin into the world (See Genesis 3), so it’s not a good idea! God know what’s best for us. And what’s best, is not us. It’s Christ!
So instead of putting our ambition into self, how about we put it into glorifying Christ? Studying our Bible, being a good friend, growing in the fruit of the spirit, working hard at our jobs, teaching kids about Jesus, playing our music, and everything else! As my theme verse here is:
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
~1st Corinthians 10:31
So anyone reading this, put your energy into glorifying Christ! Be satisfied in him, then everything works itself out.
Thanks for reading!