No question that selfishness is part of our humanity. Those of us who are God’s and follow Jesus know that God works to change us into His spiritual image. That means that we have to be aware of how destructive selfishness is and look at ourselves in true wonder as He removes it, sometimes wholly and sometimes partially, sometimes immediately and sometimes gradually while replacing it with more of the love that He is.
Phillip Keller wrote a number of wonderful books, one of which is “A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23”. It is from that book this quote is taken:
In short, His coming to the earth as the Christ, as Jesus of Nazareth, was a straightforward case of utter self-sacrifice that culminated in the cross of Calvary. The laid-down life, the poured-out blood were the supreme symbols of selflessness. This was LOVE. This was GOD. This was DIVINITY in action, delivering men from their own utter selfishness, their own stupidity, their own suicidal instincts as lost sheep unable to help themselves.
In all of this, there was an amazing mystery. No man will ever be able to fully fathom its implications. It is bound up inexorably with the concept of God’s divine love of self-sacrifice which is so foreign to those of us who are so self-centered. At best, we can only grasp feebly the incredible concept of a perfect person, a sinless one being willing to actually be made sin that we who are so full of faults, selfish self-assertion, and suspicion might be set free from sin and self to live a new, free, fresh abundant life of righteousness.
Pastor G and I pray that God grants you His remedy for selfishness and that you continue to be transformed into love as He is.
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