If we are being honest we need to acknowledge that we humans are a pretty selfish lot. The “me first” mentality often raises its ugly head in our lives. As children, we would fight over the biggest piece of candy, complain if we didn’t get to be first, cry if we lost a game. As we have gotten older, we still love to be the winner, long to come out on top, and very often strive to have the best. Selfishness has been our constant companion since pretty much day one of our lives.
However, God calls us to put others first. He wants us to serve and not necessarily be served. And while I’m pretty sure we will always battle selfishness, there is a way to fight.
“Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:36-37
There is nothing like God’s Word for getting our eyes off of ourselves and onto Him. His companionship can replace the companion of selfishness. Looking to the Lord can lift our eyes away from the mirror and onto the eternal. Selfishness falls by the wayside when we look into His eyes and our only desire becomes serving Him.
Dear Lord, turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain.