“It’s not about you”…………I love the first 4 words of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”. It’s so true………or should be.
It’s funny to read these words because we live in a world where it seems that it really is about me. Selfishness rules the day.
I spoke (and I use that word loosely) to a guy the other day who talked all about himself for about 30 minutes straight. He never needed me for any part of his conversation. He had much to say, and one topic lead to another, and so on, I couldn’t wait to end our time together. Ever been trapped like that? Anyway, at the end of the “conversation” I thought, that guy doesn’t know one thing about me. He doesn’t care about my point of view or my input in anything he said. He just wanted to talk AT me.
I think that the selfishness in our society is a sign of immaturity. When we were babies it was all about us, but as we grew up and matured, we discover that there are other people and other needs in our world.
Self-centeredness can express itself through many more areas of our lives than just our speech; it can become evident in how we use our money (more correctly – God’s money he has entrusted to us), how we spend our time, how we choose to entertain ourselves, etc. I think our priorities can also shine light on the selfish or selfless condition of our hearts.
Personally, I’m sick of all the political rhetoric that is clogging the airways now-a-days. I think our focus should not be on who happens to be the current President, but on how we ought to act as decent people no matter who happens to sit in the Oval office. Every person has strengths and weaknesses, starting with me. So, let me make sure that our behavior is decent and Christlike, no matter what an elected leader’s lifestyle is. Let’s not pattern ourselves after a leader, but after Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith.
“I’m offended” is something that is heard more in our society, than “I’m sorry”. Offense behavior is not okay, ever; but at some point, let me lead the way to hearing and caring for the needs of others.
The old personal evangelism question is: If you were to die tonight would you be ready to stand before God on judgement day? That’s a very thought provoking question. My spin on that question would be: If you were to die tonight and stand before God……..did you know that the world would go on as usual without you.
A good question for our churches: If God were to remove our church from our community tomorrow, would our community (other than the people in your church) miss us? It’s easy to become irrelevant. Irrelevance means that you have somehow become relevant only for yourself and your own needs. God calls us to be relevant, as churches and as individuals. We are always called to be others centered. God models it (John 3:16) love always seeks the benefit of others, love always gives, love’s focus is always on another.
The scripture in focus today is:
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Phil. 2:3-4.
So, it’s not about you………….it’s about Jesus, and his love for us all.
– Pastor Doug Pittam