“Selfish Christians may not do bad things, but remember that selfish Christians are usually bound to something that keeps them apathetic toward others.”
Conventional knowledge tells us that a selfish person is someone who “only cares about themselves”. This is certainly true; however, if you were to ask me to describe a selfish person, I would tell you that a selfish person is nothing more than one who has a sin problem.
Selfish behavior can range anywhere from a consuming heroin addiction all the way to skipping choir practice in order to catch the end of a ballgame. Depending on the circumstances, it could even be considered sinful to play with your child! You see, just because an action is not sinful in itself, it does not mean that engaging in it will not be a selfish thing to do.
The key, or determining element, lies in the motivating factors behind why we choose to engage in an action. For example, if one chooses to minister to the addicted simply because it makes him feel better about himself, then by all rights this seemingly God-honoring action becomes a selfish action!
Romans 15:1 says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Here, the Apostle Paul is clearly telling us as strong Christians it ought to be our primary focus to minister to those who are weaker than ourselves. He reasons that the well-being of the weak should be placed ahead of our own well-being in priority. Now, my friends, this is something that absolutely cannot be accomplished absent of the influence of the Holy Spirit of God. As noted by capitalist founder Adam Smith, our nature is to always look out for “number one”, but this is not what God desires of us.
In my years in the ministry, I have observed it to be common among addicts, as it was once with me, to live life moving from one self-serving task to the next. On the surface this would appear to be the quickest way to happiness, but as is the case with all lies of the devil, this is a fallacy that will lead to nothing but misery!
In short, true happiness only comes from walking in the Spirit and exercising our God-given Spiritual gifts for the needs of others and to the satisfying of our Savior. When we do so, we will “produce the juice” and get “a lift from our Spiritual gift” as we use them to minister to others.
Friends, I exhort you to take heed to the things that you do because the reasons God wants to use you are not few. Please don’t misconstrue, and keep your efforts from becoming askew, for self-serving labor will leave you blue. So today, get a clue and start anew by ministering to others and being true. I can assure you that if you do God’s blessings you will accrue. But for now, brethren, I bid you adieu.
Stephen B. Curington