Selfishness is something that forms a great part of the lives of human beings on earth today. It is so natural for people to be selfish, and almost strange when you find people that are not selfish. I believe it is like this because of the fall of humanity in sin. The Christ life is a totally unselfish life. You need to realize that for Jesus, it really is all about you. His aim is that you get to know Him for your sake, not for His sake. He wants you to know how much He loves you and then that same love will start flowing from you out to others around you. Knowing Him, and more specifically knowing how much He loves you, sets you free to start living this higher life. For Him it is all about you and for you it should be all about HIM.
Philippians 4 verse 4 says “Rejoice in the Lord always.” And then it says “Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness.” Do you realize that these verses go together? When you rejoice in Him, you are revealing your unselfishness to everyone around you. A person that walks in the joy of the Lord is the most unselfish person you will meet. They have the ability to lift the whole atmosphere in a room when they walk in, and instead of sucking life out of others, they give life to them. Even though we all feel sad from time to time, we would all rather want to be that person that is full of joy and that lift others up. Sometimes, circumstances want to dictate to us how we should feel, but we can choose to always receive the help (grace) of God in difficult times. He restores our JOY. Have you noticed that when a person that is feeling depressed speak, they mostly speak about themselves…? Their minds are overly occupied with their own failures or what they perceive as failures and with themselves in general and they have no joy. In the Amplified Bible, in brackets it also says in Philippians 4 that we should delight and gladden ourselves in Him.
As we live to know Jesus and live for others, our focus is no longer on ourselves and we will experience His joy and His peace as a direct result of it. Even when we focus on ourselves to try and improve ourselves, it robs us of the life that Christ intended for us and it takes away our joy and peace. When we try and make ourselves “better,” we still have our minds on ourselves and as a result selfishness will keep on producing its ugly fruit in our lives. When we focus on knowing Jesus and on helping and caring for others, the fruit of JOY will become our lifelong companion.
Everyone in this world that had a great impact on the lives of others were people who did not think of themselves all the time. Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine!