“Jesus didn’t wait until we got better to die for us. He died when we were in our most unlovely state. The person who doesn’t deserve love actually needs love more, not less. If you know someone unworthy of love, that’s great! You now have a chance to emulate Christ, because the essence of His love is unconditional.” Tony Evans
Thoughts From The Diary of A Desperate Man by Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Selfish is different from self-interest. If you have a loaf of bread and refuse to share it with your hungry neighbor, you are selfish. If you go to the dentist, you are not selfish; that is self-interest. You can only be selfish with limited resources. If you drink a tall glass of water, no one accuses you of being selfish simply because they believe that more than enough water is available for them. If, however, you are in the desert for a protracted period of time, and the group runs low on water, and you drink more than your share -that is selfish.
You are not selfish when you are motivated by eternal gain, for the resources of heaven are without limit. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”153 Whatever God wants more of, all He needs to do is speak and it comes about. Thus the Bible urges you to be motivated by eternal gain. Scarcely any other motive exists.
You say that you seek to do good to others. I ask, ‘What did it cost you?” If you answer, “nothing,” then profit is not involved. If, on the other hand, you say that it cost you a day’s labor, I ask, ‘Why did you do it?” If you answer, “to please God,” then I respond by noting that pleasing God is of greater value than a day serving your neighbor. You pay a price to gain a profit.
Whatever you do that costs, you do for a profit of some kind. The object of your profit reflects your value system, whether your objective is money, feeling good about yourself, the pleasure of God, or eternal reward; it is nonetheless profit. You run the risk of being selfish in this pursuit only when competing with others for limited resources.
153 Psalm 33:6
Judges 7-8 Luke 5:1-16 (New King James Version)
Gideon’s Valiant Three Hundred
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