You and I are sick. We suffer from a disease that eats away at us. This disease is deadly. It destroys us. It is cancerous. Left unchecked, it will continue to grow out of control. It destroys the intangibles of life – our relationships and our own mental well-being. There is nothing good that comes from this disease. The disease is called selfishness.
Are you selfish? Here’s a test for you. If you ever think, feel or behave like this – “I want, what I want, when I want it, no questions asked!” – then you definitely suffer from the disease of selfishness.
Here’s the sad reality. It’s virtually impossible for selfish people to be of the same mind, maintain the same love, be united in spirit and intent on one purpose with others (Philippians 2:2). Why? Because by nature, selfish people want what THEY want, when THEY want it, NO questions asked. They are not generally interested in the common good.
Selfish people generally are most concerned about what’s good for them. Selfish people ask, “What’s in it for me?” In The Love Dare, Stephen Kendrick states, “Almost every sinful action ever committed can be traced back to a selfish motive. It is a trait we hate in other people but justify in ourselves.”
What did Paul say could or should be done from a position of selfishness (Philippians 2:3)? NOTHING! What is involved in NOTHING? Everything! That means that in Christ, EVERYTHING you and I do should be done from a position of selflessness and not selfishness.
Selfish people ask, “What’s in it for me?” Selfless people seek to serve others. Selfless people deny themselves for the benefit of others. They tend to regard other’s needs as more important than their own. That’s a tall order. So, the question is, how do you do that? How do you move from selfishness to selflessness? Read Philippians 2:5-11 for clues. What do you observe from the life of Jesus?
Would those who know and love you best consider you selfish or selfless?