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Selfishness Has Many Faces

Let me just give you a few examples of selfishness that you are pretty familiar with:

  • Burger Kings says “Have it ________ way” (YOUR)
  • Sprite says “Obey __________ thirst” (YOUR)
  • L’Oreal Hair Products say “Because ________ worth it” (YOU’RE)
  • Bon Jovi’s song called “It’s ____ life”(MY) & The Beatles sang song called “I, Me, Mine”

We have been conditioned by our culture to think of ourselves as most important.  It’s encouraged to be selfish…to look out for NUMBER 1.  Jesus says and did differently…You know what I have discovered… My selfishness is everywhere!  It’s like the dishes after dinner…you think you got all the big pots and pans…the plates…but then you find a sippy cup under the table.  “Aw man, How did I miss that!?!”

Just as I think I have my selfishness under control, I find it in another part of my life.

  • It’s when I want the traffic to go my way and all the lights to be green for ME.
  • It’s the quiet I think I deserve when come home from work – w/ 4 kids under the age of 8, it’s not just selfish, but impossible.
  • It’s when I get a fresh bottle of root beer…and several little voices ask for a sip.

You see how many faces selfishness can have?  It is FRIGHTENING!

Read Philippians 2:3-4

The Do’s & Don’ts – This essentially is a list of Do’s & Don’ts – ever since we were kids, we don’t like do’s and don’ts…and our flesh wants to continue to fight them…but if you play this out, you can see how a your life could be derailed by not following this list.

First the Do’s –  Have same mind/same love, Have humility, Look to the needs of others.  The Don’ts – Have Selfishness, Have Pride, Look to your own needs.  Why are these important?  Well, let’s look at what happens if you follow the don’t list…

  • Selfish – not have love for others
  • Pride – credit will not be given to the Savior
  • Look after you own interests – Please only yourself

Conversely, if you follow the do list…Love/Mind of Christ – accomplish the work of Christ…Humility – not get in the way of God working…Look at interests of others – reach needs & reach hearts of others

You can’t have the same mind & love of Christ if you have selfishness. It’s just not possible.  Isn’t that interesting – when we do what we want…we don’t think it will affect others.  But, in the end, nothing could be worse for our relationship with others than selfishness.

Humility is the complete opposite of selfishness.  Paul is saying – this must describe you.  And it might describe us!  As a follower of Christ – we are to be a servant, a humble follower of Jesus.  What an attitude.  An attitude I hope each of us can adopt – To where nothing is done in selfishness or pride.  Where we say “God did that”, not “I did that”.  Where we say “These people need Jesus” not “these people need my help”.  Where we say “How can I serve others” not “I’d rather just be comfortable” Picture1

So, two questions to ask ourselves:

  1. Why do you do the things you do?
  • Please yourself – Make yourself feel good? Avoid hardship as much as possible? Eat, Drink, & Be Merry philosophy?
  • Please others – To make people proud of you. To be able to brag to people what you do for a living…or how you help other people. So people see you as a good person.
  • Please God – Are you on this planet to bring others TO Him. What you do is not for your own comfort, to promote your business or your name…do ALL for the glory of God.
  1. Can I think of others higher than myself?
  • Means giving your attention to someone even when your eyes can barely stay open
  • Means listening to the Holy Spirit – leading you to help others
  • Means going outside your comfort zone for the betterment of someone else

In Philippians 2:6-11, we see the mind of Christ played out in one of the most beautiful pieces of literature ever written.  When you think of Jesus’ death – can’t help but think who he died for…the murderers, the rapists, and those on death row.  And he died for you, and for me.  Talk about humility, the King of Kings…nailed to a cross to die for all those that spit in His face.

Jesus showed his humility.  He showed it.  Because a man who just says he is humble and does not show it – is just the opposite.  And once you say you are humble, it is very likely you just lost your humility.  Look at the example of Christ…his humility, his love, and his willingness to put others first.  Selfishness has many faces…that’s why we need to not look in the mirror, but look to Christ.

Listen to the entire sermon here (9/4/2016)

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3 Leadership Principles from Jesus’ Life

Let me set this up for you, and I’ll try to do this quickly, since most of you probably will be skipping this intro anyway, and just skimming down to the bold list below.  Hey, I read blogs too, I’m not offended.

So, here is the breakdown of the story found in John 13:1-20.  Jesus begins to wash the feet of the disciples.  Peter refused to be washed by His Savior.  Jesus calms Him down, and ends up washed all of the disciples feet (yes, if you know the story of Jesus, that includes the one that would betray Him).

What does this story have to do with leadership?  Well, I am glad you asked.  Goodness, that was corny, but I’m still writing, and unwilling to push backspace.   Okay, no more waiting, here is the list of leadership principles in Jesus washing feet:

jesusleadershipHumility.  This was is pretty obvious, but it can’t be skipped over.  As the ultimate leader, Jesus was willing to do tasks that usually given to servants in the household.  Jesus was willing to clean the filthy feet of those that were about to scatter, abandon, and even betray him.  That takes it to a new level.  Talk about humility.  Jesus was going to receive nothing in this exchange, except rejection.

Service.  No act of service was beneath Jesus.  He was willing to wash filthy feet, and he was willing to give His life.  In terms of being a leader, nothing should be beneath us in service of God and others.  As a pastor, there may not be someone around to plunge the toilet.  As a youth leader, you may have to mop up the vomit.  As a servant in God’s kingdom, you may have to out of your comfort zone for the Gospel to be heard.  Don’t let any service for others, and especially God be beneath you.

Vision.  This was a brilliant move by our Savior.  Jesus was giving a powerful illustration of what He wanted from his followers.  Jesus, by humbly serving His disciples, was teaching the men, who Jesus would leave the Gospel message in their hands, how to be a leader.  He taught them they were not above the message or the subject of the message (verse 16).  Christ saw this as an opportunity to show how them an example of true humble service.  Serve God and others humbly, never thinking more of yourself.  Jesus said if He is willing to do this, as Lord, you should be willing to do it for others.

Humility.  Service.  Vision.  Want to be a leader?  I’d say these three things would be a good place to start.

 

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