“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
It can be shocking when we realize how easily we cave into the siren of self. Have you ever been so caught up in your situation, your inner turmoil, worried and caught up in your pain, thinking, and praying for God to speak to you that you have failed to recognize the face of narcissism.?
Being self-absorbed is a sin because it leads to being devoted to self-gratification and overlooking other people’s needs.-Romans 2:8
Self-absorption reflects our natural fallen tendency, it takes effort to overcome. I was playing basketball the other day with my husband and during our game I remember talking to him about all that I had going on in life and how I don’t know if I have time for everything and how I feel so overwhelmed and I.. I.. I.. The bible says to whom much is given much will be required. -Luke 12:48 It’s important for us to realize it’s up to God—not us— to determine when we are finished giving beyond our self. Looking out for our own interests is natural. In fact, Jesus uses our self-interest as a basis for gauging our love for others: “Love your neighbor as yourself” -Mark 12:31 In the same way that you (naturally) love yourself, learn to love others. God help us to have the desire to live more for you and less for our self.
Being self absorbed causes you to center more on what you don’t have than what you do have. Don’t forget what God has shown you about how blessed you are in life. Don’t let self pity manifest. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it obliterates God and puts self-interest on the throne. It opens our mouths to spit out murmurings and our lives become craving spiritual sponges, there is nothing lovely or generous about that.
Paul said “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.” -2 Timothy 4:6 What is he doing? Complaining! Complaining that he was finishing in prison? Lamenting that he had nothing left to give? That is so not true! He was continuing to give instruction and encouragement not only to Timothy, but to future generations. Find strength in his admonishment from that lonely prison cell to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith.-2 Timothy 4:7 What if Paul never wrote those words? What if Paul chose to focus on himself rather than remaining fixed on God’s plan? Then the world would have been poorer.
My encouragement for you today is to keep giving! No matter what you are facing, resist the temptation to focus on (self). Embrace the kind of giving that slices through our self-centered nature.
It’s NOT ABOUT YOU, It’s ALL ABOUT GOD!