Overcoming the Temptation of Selfishness

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 1984)

February 11 – Overcoming the Temptation of Selfishness

Begin your time with God in prayer.

Praise God for who He is.  Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him.  Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart.

Read Romans 12:1-2 out loud.  It’s our verse of the year and we want to learn it.

"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. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness."  Philippians 2:3-7

The biggest challenge for all of us is our self-centeredness.  When I start using the words like I, me or mine, it is a signal to check my heart.  When I find myself reacting in hurt, frustration or anger, it is a signal to check my heart.  When I want to make myself look right, or bad mouth another person, it is time to check my heart.  Our response to difficult situations lets the world know that we have a Savior who transforms lives.  God has called us to serve one another and look out for the interests of others.

Apply God’s Word to your life.

Think back over the last few days, when has your fleshly self reacted instead of responding in the Spirit?

How many times did you use the words: I, me, and mine?

How could you have used that situation to serve others instead of wanting to fight for your way?

Confess your self-centeredness. 

Mend any bridges you might have broken.

Yield again to the leading of the Word and the Spirit.

Father, I confess that I struggle with self-centeredness.  Teach me how to love and respond like Jesus.  Help me to surrender all that I am and all that I have to Your will and Your ways.  Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

"You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 5:13-14

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."  Proverbs 3:5-6

"I in them and you in me.  May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."  John 17:23

 

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Ryan Patrick wrote:
This is a great find for me right now. Lately I've been acting very selfish out of frustration, anger, and just plain self centeredness. I've heard and seen these passages many times before but the straightforward way you put it into context let me see it in a new light. Thank you for that. I'm going to keep reminding myself of these words as often as I can with the help of the Holy Spirit moving forward. P.S. I know I've used "I" and "me" a lot here, but I didn't know how else to say it haha.

Fri, December 23, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

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