The Secret to Killing Selfishness Once and For All

Peter Guirguis Encouragement, Video 6 Comments

Do you ever find yourself struggling to follow certain instructions found in the Bible?  You know, maybe some parts of the Bible are easier to do than others?

One thing that I find myself struggling with from time to time is the instruction given to us by the apostle Paul in Philippians:

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

The problem is that I can be so darn selfish at times!

So when I saw this video, it moved me in a BIG way.  Check it out, you’ll be surprised by the twist at the end of the video.

“I was raised to treat others how they want to be treated,” said Jonathan, the high school senior who passed the ball to Mitchell.

It’s Wasn’t Easy

When Jonathan was on the court, I’m sure he faced a dilemma.  I’m sure he had to wrestle with what his coach, his teammates, and the audience was going to think if he gave up the ball to the other side.

I mean who in their right mind would give the ball to the other team?  That just doesn’t make sense.

Sure, it seems like it was the right thing to do now because we see how wonderfully everything worked out.  But I’m sure it wasn’t as easy as it looks for Jonathan.

The Bottom Line

Jonathan had to do something that didn’t make sense.

What make sense is winning the game.  What makes sense is scoring in your opponents basket.  What make sense is doing what’s in your best interest.

Which led me to this true statement:

Love doesn’t always make sense but it always changes a life.  

I think that is so true.  This is what the apostle Paul would have you and I do in our lives at work, at home, and at church.

Moreover, this is the way our Lord would have us live.

I know that I struggle with selfishness a lot but I pray that from now on, I would be more intentional about putting the interests of others before my own.

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[First seen on churchleaders.com and image credit to Hilary Grantham]

Comments 6

  1. Selfishness is one of the hardest things to overcome. Who do we think about satisfying all the time? Ourselves of course. I too am learning Peter… especially at this time to keep my needs secondary… and yes… It can be very hard… but with the Lord’s help we can do all things… Yes?

    1. Yes Patty, I totally agree dear 🙂 I never thought that a lovely saint as yourself would struggle with selfishness anywhere near as much as I do. But thank you for being so brutally honest. I take a look at what you’ve gone through recently and I see that the Lord is doing a beautiful work in you and Marty. Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many!

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