Staying Selfless

Nothing too profound to write today, just something that struck me pretty directly today.  I think selflessness, consistently placing others ahead of ourselves, is perhaps the most difficult part of following Christ and the one that indicates most clearly that we are.  There are many things we can will ourselves to do–giving away money, reading our Bible, praying, even sharing our faith with others–but while we can will ourselves to be selfless for a couple hours, or even a couple days, eventually our natural instincts of self-preservation and selfishness kick in and overwhelm us.  This is something we actually can’t do without the help of God.  

Our culture thrives on selfishness, and I’m guessing to greater or lesser extents all have because selfishness is a basic human sin (Adam and Eve were jealous that God was greater than they were, “I want that for me!”), and so selflessness is the foundational counter-cultural act.  For those who claim to follow Christ, selflessness is not a choice, it is a matter of obedience.  Selfishness is bad fruit and Jesus said a good tree bears good fruit.  This is one fruit we cannot bear on our own.  And that’s probably as it should be.

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About Trevor Lee

Proud to be the husband of a wonderful wife and the father of two great kids. I love to hang out with them, hang out with others, read, lis

Posted on September 28, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. John the Baptist in Luke 3:9 says…. “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire” I love this post brother because its the Spirit talking to ya! He is helping you! Praise Jesus for that!!!

  2. I couldn’t agree more Trevor. I tend to think that selfishness is really the root of every sinful thought or deed. When I consider the sins of my life all of them have come from a selfish motivation and an inclination to see my own desires satisfied. Interestingly, I can’t think of anything more satisfying than a truly selfless action. Moreover, the most wonderful and joyful times of my life have been times when I felt true communion with God, yet I always end up turning back to selfishness. This is our constant battle and I think the most difficult battle we fight.

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