Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.Psalm 139:33-37
Selfishness has been and is a force in the lives of men and women since the beginning. Pick up a newspaper or read a website on the internet and you’ll see that people of all kinds of backgrounds throw their lives away for the sake of selfishness. I remember an interview of a former professional athlete who destroyed his life and he seemed to be unaware of his condition. He thought his actions were normal.
The people of Israel experienced the same selfishness in what I think is one of the most tragic sentences recorded in the Old Testament in Judges 21: 25 – “…everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Paul addressed the same issues in his letter to the Philippians when he wrote that “each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4
What if we were able to be truly selfless as Christ was for each of us. Think of what a difference that would make in our churches, homes and in the culture where we live.