Are you seeking great things for yourself? Or seeking first great things for the kingdom of God?
These two questions are questions you should be asking yourself daily. Is what you’re doing primarily benefitting yourself or others?
In our society, people are quick to put themselves first. We love our image, our reputation, our own needs and wants. It’s easy to first take care of ourselves, then worry about those around us later.
Our generation is all about ourselves. We love the Instagram likes, the Twitter retweets, and the YouTube views. We’re concerned about our status and what others think of us. It’s a vicious cycle that doesn’t end until we force it to.
Not only does it benefit us in the long run, but God calls for us to have a selfless heart.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from rivalry 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.
Looking to the interest of others before your own is the definition of selflessness. When we practice this, it becomes easier and more natural. It’s the most rewarding and humbling thing!
Romans 15:2,5 says, “Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up… May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.”
Selflessness can come in two forms. One of which is wanting to put others first without hopes of benefitting from it yourself. The second form is helping others to gain something from it and wanting to do so for your own benefit.
This is what Romans 15 is talking about. We need to please our neighbors for their own good, not for selfish gain. Although it can be hard to tell between the two, you can ask yourself what your true motives are.
Are you prioritizing someone else’s needs in order to feel better or to look good to those around you? When was the last time you lent a helping hand to a friend without them knowing? Or when was the last time you helped a stranger without posting about it on social media or telling anyone about it?
I challenge you this: show kindness and love to someone you normally wouldn’t… and to someone you normally would, too! Do it out of your own knowledge and desire without telling the world about it.
Once I started acting out of selflessness and putting others before myself, I gained more than I could’ve imagined.
You may lose money, time, or something else when you extend a hand to someone in need, but you gain so much more.
Live selflessly like Jesus and become more like him in every way possible!