From the Pastor’s Desk
FOCUSING ON SELF
There are things the child of God must be aware of; one, glorifying God and two, edifying the body of Christ. We must ask ourselves, “Are my actions those which glorify God, and also do my actions edify those in the body of Christ?” When we get caught up in our own selfishness and lose sight of the things which honor God, we show that we lack spiritual maturity. It is imperative that we remember that everything is not about us, and that the world does not revolve around us; it is truly about what will glorify God Almighty; or what will edify our brothers and sisters in Christ.
A self-centered mindset is one that cares only for oneself; that individual is concerned primarily with their own interests. That person has the same desires Satan had when he tried to elevate himself and was kicked out of heaven. Isaiah 14:13-14 records, “For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” You can see how much Satan was lifted up with pride and a focus on self. Usually an individual that is focused on self will not rejoice when someone else has something good that has happened in their life. That person will either look uninterested or start talking about something that has happened or is happening in their life. It is so sad when some are so focused on themselves that they miss out on being blessed by the Lord. That is the very thing that happens when we become self-centered and puffed up; we become lifted up with pride and selfishness, which causes a problem in our fellowship with God and with others in the Body. Our Lord said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted“.
We are instructed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3 to, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Selfish ambition is pride that prompts people to push for their own way. We must learn to respectfully yield to others; in doing so, we show that it is not about having our way.
One of the greatest tragedies I have witnessed is the individual that is blind to their selfishness. Have you ever noticed that a self-centered individual does not think they are selfish? They don’t see anything wrong with always pushing their will upon others, and they are not willing to listen to anyone else; this only causes strife and division. Let us be careful not to do what Satan did by exalting himself, and let us do what Paul said in Romans 12:10 and “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” Let us show genuine appreciation and admiration to our brothers and sisters in Christ by putting them first. By doing this we glorify God and edify fellow believers, and show that it is not about having our way. So learn to get over yourself and think of others, because you may be the only who thinks your great.
Your servant in Christ,