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.