We live in a very self-absorbed world. This is often quite noticeable among many sinners. However, it is also an alarming trend within the church. Everyone is concentrated and intent upon their own purposes and pleasures.
Now, it’s important to note that it is not entirely wrong to have personal ambition. Being driven to reach personal goals is both good and commendable. The problem comes when that’s ALL that matters to you to the point that you aren’t focused upon anyone else.
Allow me to give you a bit of explanation concerning the direction that I’m going with this article. I often write about a variety of topics. Sometimes, I feel very passionate about the subject that I choose to write about. This happens to be one of those times. I simply want to encourage and challenge you to NOT follow the trend!
Discipline yourself to notice and care about someone besides yourself! My pastor used to make a statement similar to this: Life is too precious to waste it on yourself.
Scripture instructs: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others-Phil. 2:4.
I’m challenged by the example of Christ when He and His disciples sought to rest a whilein Mark 6. The gospel writer records that their noble agenda was disrupted by the crowd coming to Jesus even though it was a barren place. What stands out to me is Christ’s reaction. Verse 34 says [a]nd Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things. The lesson is quite clear. Jesus wasn’t so caught up in His own world and plans, that He couldn’t take time and make the sacrifice to invest in some needy folks. Study His life. He demonstrated this over and over again!
Evaluate yourself. How often do you intentionally and voluntarily (without being compelled) take time to help someone else? There are many other questions that could be posed concerning this matter, but for now, I only want to attack the “me-first” mentality that is an epidemic in the land and challenge you to dare to put others first.
Consider the matter carefully and prayerfully.
From my heart,
Posted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017