Christ Frees Us from Selfishness

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

— Mark 10:45

Instinctively, we know we should not be selfish. There is a problem, however, in doing that. Think about others? Forget yourself? If people are basically selfcentered, how can they do that?

There is only one answer to that question, my friends. When we receive Christ into our lives and hearts, we die to self; we are crucified with Christ and we find the God who provides all of our needs.

The reason people can’t forget themselves is because they are so needy. They are such pitiful, weak, temporal creatures, and yet Christ comes and meets all of these needs. Christ has promised to supply all of our needs out of His riches in glory. Therefore, because we have the guarantee that Christ is going to take care of us, we don’t have to manipulate them to do that because Christ has freely and graciously offered to do it for us Himself. We can begin to think differently of other people.

Because of selfishness and pride, we are always putting other people down. Yet every person has good points and bad points, and generally we tend to see the bad points. Author J. K. Morley said this: “I can complain because rosebushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It’s all [in] how you look at it.” Now think of your husband or wife or boss as that “bush.” Which do you do? Do you complain because bosses or wives or husbands have thorns, or do you rejoice because they have roses as well?

Jehovah-Jireh, we thank You for supplying all our needs and providing for everything we need for body and soul. Help us to be helpful to others and to focus on the good in them…