- “…If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16..24, New Living Translation)
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2.3-4)
- …People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
Selflessness goes beyond making personal sacrifices such as sharing material wealth and God-given talent. It is doing the right things for the right reasons without seeing or expecting personal recognition (Philippians 2:3-4). Selflessness is sacrificing one’s personal desires for the common good. In the context of Scripture, that good refers to the Good News of the Gospel.
The Good News is: God loves unconditionally, saves, delivers, heals, and keeps those who trust him. Salvation is free to all, regardless of ethnicity, gender, social and economic standing. God is no respecter of persons. Hence John 3.16 reads, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus requires his followers to proclaim the Good News by word and through good works that are motivated by love and compassion, thus demonstrating God’s love.
Food For Thought:
- Good deeds point to and elevate God.
- Good deeds are motivated by genuine compassion for others.
Jesus calls his followers to live selflessly. Selflessness is counter-cultural. Unlike many contemporary philosophies and ideologies that focus on satisfying the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, selfless living strives to build a harmonious faith community. It requires individual believers to hold paramount their calling to proclaim the Good News. In fulfilling that calling they are to:
- demonstrate compassion;
- share generously;
- do no harm;
- behave graciously-even toward opponents;
- repent and pray constantly, and
- trust God.
To God be all glory!