Updated: Mar 12
When I go to the store to buy a gift for someone, it takes a lot of self-control to not wander over to areas of the store that have clothes or items for myself. A lot of times, I fail and end up spending more on myself than I did for the gift I bought for this person… please tell me I’m not the only one.
It is within our nature to be self-seeking and self-serving. For everything we’re asked to do, we tend to think, what do I get out of it? It may be something physical or emotional. But we rarely do anything that brings us absolutely nothing.
Christ asks us to flip this way of thinking. He asks us not to do anything out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but to value others above ourselves (Philippians 2:3). This is like asking modern day rappers to not curse, mention money, sex, cars, or guns in any of their music… They would be like, “Well, what are we gonna rap about?”.
Living without any selfish ambition is completely foreign concept to us. But it’s what Jesus modeled. Jesus chose to neglect turning stones into bread for him to eat alone and instead choose to multiply fish and bread so that others would have food to eat.
This week, do some self-reflection and think about the things that consume your life. Are all of them pretty much about you? What can you do this week to impact someone else that needs help/love? What can you do for someone who is difficult to love?
Thanks for hanging in there this month as we explored just the tiny speck of God’s massive love. My prayer is that this month, you will feel his love and pass that love along to others.