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SELFISHNESS VS SELFLESSNESS

The Christian life is to be one of selflessness. Selflessness is defined as one who is concerned with the needs and wishes of others more than their own needs. Self denial is one of the most difficult aspects in being a Christian. On the other hand, a person whose actions and motives lacks consideration of others, and their only concern is with themselves, that person is said to be selfish. In our society today we want more, we have to get more and the pleasure of it all drives us to becoming materialistic. It is impossible to serve Christ and serve materialism. The call to serve is one of selflessness. One must choose to sacrifice, serve God and others, and that requires a strong sense of commitment. Selflessness may be the most difficult attribute to attain and the hardest and most unpopular path to follow, however it can be done. Jesus in Luke 12:15 NLT states, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed.

Life is not measured by how much you own." Jesus gave a profound example of a self-centered person in Luke 12:16-21. He described the rich farmer who was going to use his prosperity for his own personal comfort and well being. Jesus called him a fool for making provision for his own selfish desires. He forgot to give God thanks for the rain, the soil and the sunshine, all the things that gave him a great harvest. Instead of only thinking of himself, the ungrateful farmer could have made provision for others who were less fortunate than himself. Christians must never forget that they are the fortunate recipients of God's grace. They are not to lavish themselves in a luxurious lifestyle and high living, however they are to share with others who are less fortunate. We need to be reminded often that there is much more to real living than simply having the most, the latest, the newest and the best of

everything. Of course God wants us to prosper. He wants us to have the best, however He does not want us to be greedy and selfish. He wants us to appreciate the things in life and help those that need our help. He wants us to be our brother's/sister's keeper. Let's not be like the foolish farmer, let's turn from our selfish ways and become selfless. Let's sacrifice ourselves, our time, and our money. God expects us to live a selfless life.

SCRIPTURE

And He said to them, guard yourselves and keep free from all covetousness (the immoderate desire for wealth, the greedy longing to have more); for a man's life does not consist in and is not derived from possessing overflowing abundance or that which is over and above his needs... Luke 12:15 AMPC

PRAYER

Father we thank you for all that you are to us. We thank you for your grace, your mercy, your protection and our daily provision. We realize that all that we have is because of you. Without you we are nothing. It's in you that we live, that we move that we have our very being. Help us to always remember that and to keep it at the forefront of our mind. We do not want to be selfish and self-centered individuals, however we want to live a life of selflessness and commit to serving you and others as well. In Jesus name we thank you, Amen!




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