So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but people generally are pretty self-interested. We have a culture in America that not only tolerates but promotes it. It’s “right” to do what we want, which is usually in the interest of ourselves. And, though we're told this is how we should live, is that even Biblical?
Here are some examples from my daily thoughts—you’ll get the idea.
- “I don’t want to interact with my classmate, I have homework that I could be doing and I don’t think we’d have things in common.”
- “I don’t want to have to give her a ride in my car so I just won’t invite her.”
- “Man, I have a whole day free, what can I do that will be fun?”
- “I need to get to work on time, why is everyone driving so slow?”
- “I need help myself, I am not going to offer help.”
- “Why haven’t I heard back from the UofM about my application, I deserve an answer.”
I’m sure you get the point.
A lot of my day (maybe yours too) is me-centric (I think I just made that word up). Okay yes, so, I am so me-centric. But this attitude is in no way biblical. It’s man-made. In fact, Philippians 2:3-4 offers quite the opposite perspective:
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
The message that was given last week by Jordan Ogden addressed the Nicene Creed. What is that? Essentially in 325 AD Christians across Europe met together to combat a heresy that was spreading rapidly. The blasphemy was that Jesus Christ was not divine, he was made by God like Adam, Noah, Seth, David, me, you, etc. By the way, this is the only time in history that the ecumenical church came together to agree on a creed.
Here’s where I am going with this whole thing, if Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are of one—in perfect union—then they didn’t have to invite humans into their life. It wasn’t critical to their existence to create woman and man, but they did! They did in order to bring us into their perfect, united circle.
This is the strangest thing. Get ready. So, the last month I have been letting go of my needs and trying to look for the needs of others. If you’re reading this, know me, and think I am pretty selfish…awkward. But really, I have! So, I have been actively seeking out the needs of others and it is actually more satisfying than serving myself. Strange, right?
So, to sum this up. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit invited us into their lives of fullness, which enables us to do that for others. They sacrificed for us; we are to copy their example for others. The strangest thing is that it is worth it.
That’s a wrap.
About the Author: Gabby Sines is a student at Washtenaw Community College and is studying the history of the Near East. Her favorite animal is the giraffe, and she strives for her primary aspiration to be to glorify the Lord in everything.