I am going to confess.Â One sin that I struggle with is selfishness or self-centeredness. We are born with an innate desire to be the center of the universe.Â A baby wants only to be taken care of; his needs are the only thing on his mind.Â If I am hungry; feed me!Â If my diaper is wet; change me! Cuddle me! Rock me! Me, Me, Me!Â Then we get to the stage where the child learns the word: Mine!Â Try taking candy from a babyâ€¦.it ainâ€™t easy!Â They quickly learn that if they want something, it should be theirs. They very quickly learn the wordâ€¦mine, mine, mine.
As we mature, we should develop an attitude of humility.Â The world doesnâ€™t revolve around us!Â In Philippians 2:4, the Apostle Paul says, â€œLet each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of othersâ€. That doesnâ€™t come naturally to us.Â Only Jesus living in us can change our nature.Â I see this sin in myself every day.Â On the road, I want to get to my destination as quickly and easily as possible.Â I have trouble with yielding to others and being courteous.Â And, I easily think unkind thoughts if somebody pulls out in front of me or changes lanes abruptly.Â And, I really lose all patience when I go to Walmart.
I used to have a refrigerator magnet that reminded me that JOY was Jesus, Others, You. I need that reminder every day.Â Among the fruits of the Spirit are longsuffering, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)Â All of those should be evident in my life.Â They would keep me from being selfish and self-centered. Jesus always put others first; He expects nothing less from us.
Micah 6:8: â€œHe has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?â€ Humility is funnyâ€¦if you think you have it, guess what?Â You donâ€™t!Â It is best shown by putting others before yourself.Â I have discovered that many times when I â€œdo unto others as I would have them do unto meâ€, I am contented. This world would be so different if we each did as Jesus commanded.
Now that I have confessed, I ask God to forgive me of the sin of selfishness.Â He will do that.Â I need to grow in Him and strive to walk humbly with Him.Â Will you join me?