Serving “self” is dangerous.
As fallen humankind, our default setting is self-centeredness.
We have to work consciously and consistently at being God-centered.
Moses’ example…phenomenal victories when God-centered…
crushing defeats when self got in the way
(took credit for provision of water, lost privilege of going into Promised Land)
David’s example…chosen by God to be king…man after God’s own heart…
all that he was given wasn’t enough to satisfy selfishness
(affair with Bathsheba…heavy consequences)
Christ’s example…put His rights aside in order to bring
eternal salvation to a fallen world.
When we focus on ourselves we lose His perspective.
Focusing on “self” makes us blind to the needs of others.
We are to have an attitude of “service before self” in our daily lives.
That is the example Christ set for us to follow.
“Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.
But you are not to be like that.
Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest,
and the one who rules like the one who serves.’”
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people,
because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free.”
“We who are strong must be considerate of those
who are sensitive about things like this.
We must not just please ourselves.”
Romans 15:1 (NLT)