Commentary By: Gordon King
Self-seeking, self-motivated, a self-driven life. The whole idea of “self” is directly related to the fall of man. When Adam and Eve fell in the garden of Eden everything about mankind changed! Humanity at that time, although very small in numbers, went from a life of holiness and righteousness, a life centered around God, a life driven by God, and a life motivated by God to a life centered around self!
The world is now being inundated with people who are self-seekers, who place themselves above God, who are proud and arrogant, disbelievers, unholy and unrighteous, seeking to fulfill their lives with sinful pleasures, brutal, and despisers of what is good. These are all signs of people who place themselves at the center of the universe, a sign that we are living in the last days!
Sin is inspired and motivated not by God, but by Satan. A self-centered life is not a godly life, but a life of sin. It isn’t that we should not be concerned about our own life, that is not a bad thing nor a sin, but it is when we place ourselves above everyone else and most of all above God! It is when what drives us is ourselves, the desire not to please God, not to help others, but to help ourselves first and foremost.
Self-seeking by its very nature is a sin, it is promoted by Satan, and the results of this sin that lead us into destruction!
When we are self-seeking then we place ourselves at the center of the universe. Our own lives become the most important thing in the world, our ambitions, our motivations, and our desires all center around self. And when we are self-seeking then we forego what God has willed in our lives, we not only forego His will but we actually are telling God that we are better than He is, that we know more than He does, and that we can do it on our own in our own way!
What matters to God is not necessarily what we do but why we do it! He wants to know that it is coming from our heart, for the right reasons. Just as our salvation is dependent upon what is in our heart when we are born-again, if it comes only from our mind and not our heart then we are not truly saved.
God is love, and those who love God seek to perform His will and not our own. Loving God means to love others as He loves us. It means to put the lives of others before our-self, to sacrifice our own life for the sake of others. This is true love, this is what it means to be a believer and a follower of Christ!
Being a follower of Christ is to help others in need, to love those who may not love us back, and to love God more than life itself. It is a selfless act of love that God desires from us, unconditional, without reservations, and from the heart!
The results of this self-seeking sin is the destruction of ourselves and of others. It is the decay of society at large, the destruction of marriages, of relationships, and of unity. It is what divides our nation, what causes fights and wars, and is hovering around the center of economic turmoil and desolation. It causes pain and heartache, leads people to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, and drives many more to suicide! The idea of “self” is not only found in the secular world, but it is also found in the church, and it has caused many to fall away from the faith, divide the church, and causes many rivalries and divisions within the church.
The opposite of being self-centered is the way God designed us to be, it is being thoughtful of others, of being loving and kind, of putting God and His ways before ours. It is when we can humble ourselves before God, when we can humble ourselves before each other! A selfless act is a righteous act if done with the right intentions from the heart. And God seeks those who are willing to humble themselves before Him, who are willing to perform His will, those who are willing to sacrifice their own will just as Jesus Christ did for us on the cross! It wasn’t the will of Jesus to die on the cross but the will of His Father in heaven.
‘And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” ‘
Jesus didn’t want to die on the cross, He is God, but was also fully man. And although He didn’t want to die on the cross it was His will to do the will of His Father in heaven. This my friends was the most self-less act ever performed on the face of the earth!
And although our sacrifices to God may not be as self-less as were those of our Savior Jesus Christ, nonetheless, when we act in a self-less manner towards God it gives Him glory and honor! We should emulate Christ, His self-less acts of love and His self-sacrifice towards others, this my friends is being a follower of Christ!
When we promote self-less acts it promotes even more self-less acts, like a domino effect. When we share the love of God then the love of God spreads, and when we help those in need then eyes will be opened and the hearts of many will see the light that is Christ Jesus!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!