THE ILLUSION OF SELFISHNESS 1

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 9:24 KJV” For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it”.

An illusion is a deceptive appearance or impression. Now selfishness may be described as” an attitude whereby an individual considers his or her ambitions, personal advantages and privileges paramount and a prime pursuit without considering others or even God’s choices for him”. When one is selfish, he tends to act in ways that satisfies his longings and refuses to trust God or follow his ways. Jesus says in Luke 9:24 that ” whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it”. The statement of the Lord implies those who are selfish are deceived and will ultimately be the losers.

In Ruth 4:1–6, the kinsman who was to redeem the heritage of Elimelek refused because marrying Ruth would prevent him from raising an inheritance for himself. This man’s name is forgotten forever. Boaz rather took that responsibility. He became the great grandfather of David with Jesus the Savior of the world coming through that line. The first man was woefully deceived and had no abiding family of significance as he thought. He wanted an inheritance for himself. What is your inheritance? Your inheritance is that which you do rightly to honor God today. That is what will live with you and will live after you.

Africa is blessed with so much natural resources yet very economically bankrupt. This is due to selfishness which has permeated almost every fabric of the societies. Ninety eight percent of people who enter politics do so to create a financial empire at the expense of the larger populace. This has gone on for decades, yet the end of such people has always been very miserable. You take none of those cars, buildings or money to the grave. Note: Your inheritance are your actions that God approves. All those who lived to sacrifice their lives, like our Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Paul, have an abiding heritage. You can’t make an inheritance with selfishness, it is an illusion

PRAYER

I pray that my heart would never be overtaken by lust to place my personal longings ahead of the word of God neither should I deprive others of their opportunities to enrich myself

FURTHER STUDIES

Prov. 14:30 KJV” A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones”.

Philippians 2:3 KJV “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves”.

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