Learning to Give Like God – Eyes off Yourself
Key Bible Verse: In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. – Philippians 2:5
Dig Deeper: Philippians 2:3-8
The Word of God repeatedly stresses that we are to live a Christlike life. We are to pattern our lives after Jesus Christ, who gave himself for the sake of others, willing to die so that we might live.
Paul said: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
So we are to die to who we are so that we can begin to live for the glory of God.
Why is selfishness such a dangerous issue? A selfish person looks on himself as the ultimate answer and the ultimate point of concern. Yet the Bible says that we are not to look upon our own interests and needs; rather, we are to look upon the interests of others (see Phil. 2:4).
We’re not to be concerned about our own lives; God will take care of all that (see Matt. 6:25-34). Instead, we are to be gracious. We are to be the givers, not takers. We are to be understanding and extend that gift of life to others.
—Steve Mays in Overcoming
My Response: In what area of my life am I most tempted to be selfish?
Thought to Apply: Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.—Julio Cortazar (Belgian writer)
Adapted from Overcoming (Regal, 2012)
Prayer for the Week: Father, give me the grace to put to death my selfish desires and habits so that I can generously give of myself to others.