Which are we?

“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is Abel your brother?’ He said, ‘I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4:9 NKJV)?

 

“Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, ‘My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you” (Ruth 3:1)?

I overheard a conversation in Asia. One asked about how a certain work was going to be done. The reply was, “That is not our headache. It is the contractor’s responsibility; let him take care of it.” On one level, that is not an unreasonable response. We might have better stated it, “It is not really our business, let him do the job his way.” But in the context of the conversation the attitude of the responder was basically, “I don’t care – let them handle their own problems without my help. Continue reading “Which are we?”

Love for self is selfishness

If any age of man is the era of selfishness, ours is it. The selfie is our symbol. If Narcissus had his pool of water, we have that ubiquitous extension of our personalities, the smartphone.

In the last letter that has remained from his hand, the apostle Paul warned his son in the faith, Timothy, away from false teachers and manipulators of souls. The entire passage deserves reading, but start with these six verses: Continue reading “Love for self is selfishness”

The burden of selfishness

People carry some very heavy burdens in this life. There are burdens they would like to drop, but sometimes they just do not know how.

The rich ruler of Luke chapter 18 had the heavy burden of his possessions. The Lord Jesus knew the weight this man was carrying. He tried to help him get rid of it, but the young man left with his burden intact. It must have been sorrowful, indeed, to watch this man leave eternal life behind to carry a burden that might result in him losing his soul. Continue reading “The burden of selfishness”

Something bigger

At some point in his life, a baby comes to a stunning realization: “I’m not the center of the universe!”

It’s OK for a baby not to realize there are other people, and other needs out there; it’s not OK for him to still think he’s the center of the universe when he’s 16, or 60, for that matter.

Do you believe something so strongly that you would die for it? Some people, it has been said, find life hard to live because they have nothing to die for. A person who lacks this strength of conviction is consigned to live a life of aimlessness. Continue reading “Something bigger”