It has been quite some time since my last post! I just wanted to bring something fresh to my blog page and challenge my fellow believers in Christ to think about what church means to them. One thing I am constantly aware of is the fact that church is never to be about "me" and what I want. It's all about Christ and serving Him as we administer the Gospel truth to those who need to hear it and as we help those people in need. Feel free to use the content below for building up a discussion in your own Bible study group or small group from church. (I'll be doing a part 2 for this mini-blog series tomorrow.)
Think About It
Selfishness greatly hinders our spiritual growth. In Scripture, emphasis is placed on relationships to others. We are instructed to love others, serve others, help others, encourage others, admonish others and restore others. If we nurture the selfishness we were born with as sinners, we will not grow into mature and fruitful believers. If we focus only on ourselves, we might miss great opportunities to be a blessing to others to build up the Lord’s kingdom.
What causes people to be selfish? What makes some people unselfish?
What does God think about selfishness?
Read Luke 29: 3
Is dealing with selfishness difficult for you?
What do you believe is the greatest danger of selfishness?
Who is the most unselfish person you know? What qualities or actions have you seen in this person’s life that lead you to believe he or she is unselfish?
Lord thank You for loving us even when we are selfish and stubborn. Help us to love one another and to draw closer to You. Forgive us for letting pride, ego, and various distractions keep us from focusing on how to live a selfless life for You. You have adopted us into Your family. Moreover, You have called us to love our brothers and sisters and to be there for others who need to hear about the saving grace of Christ Jesus. Help us to be the kind of people who lead lives of selflessness and who are in sync with You as we follow Your perfect example, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
It is human nature to be self-centered. We have ideas on how things should go and we get frustrated when they do not go as we planned. We believe that we deserve to have things our way, on our terms. What we fail to realize is that a sense of entitlement and selfishness has crept into our relationships with people and with God. We must strive to overcome it.
We often need reminders of what is really important. Ask yourself: is it worth losing a relationship over? Are your preferences more important than the needs of other people? We need to keep the perspective of following God’s plan and His purpose for our lives rather than just following our desires.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.