Christian Selflessness/Selfishness (Part 1)
Lead by: Hebb
May 20, 2011
I want to be honest, this is going to be a bit of a challenge. Speaking on what Christians are doing wrong is one of those things that can come back to kick you in the butt, but it’s something that God keeps calling me back to.
For example; back in October I was thrilled to be able to turn down the offer of speaking because of my immense amount of schoolwork at Providence. I let what I wanted get in the way of something that could have been great. So when the opportunity arose now, I got one of those knots in my stomach…you know the kind when you know you SHOULD do something but really don’t want to?
So I asked some friends for help, one of which presented the question “What did Jonah do?”
If you’re not familiar w/ Jonah; instead of speaking in front of people he ran from God, got eaten by a whale, barfed out, and when he finally gave in and spoke many were saved…
So, I went back and asked what my topic was…and sure enough…selflessness (or selfishness as they originally put it). Just call me Mr Selfish, or, Jonah Jr if you’d like. See, because I tend to get selfish with my job; I get caught up in the concerts, parties, and Bible studies, and forget that I need to reach OUT to the community…not just invite them in.
So in order to talk about selfishness AND Christianity we have to ask ourselves two questions; how are we spending our time, and, how are we sharing Christ?
Here’s a question:
What is something that we’re all born with? …TIME
"The average person gets around seventy years. Some get far fewer, some get far more. But regardless of how much you get, you have a responsibility to spend it well" - Colin Creel; Perspectives
To know if you are spending your time well, it helps to ask yourself “what am I growing into my life” checkout Luke 6:43-46
As Christians we are supposed to be storing up God’s word, to build up a supply of love. Sadly, and obviously, this isn’t always happening.
So lets get legit; most of us probably spend way to much time plugged into something (Xbox, iPhone, internet, etc.) Now, if your daily goal is just to simply enjoy what the world can offer you, then just give up on God and allow media to turn you into a zombie…
Harnessing the power of what is available to us, and channeling it properly, may actually help us become the most informed and well adjusted generation ever! I mean think about it; we have the ability to learn anything, anywhere, at anytime. However this only works IF we can learn to use our time properly!
"When Jesus is the lord of your life, you will do what Jesus says to do. That takes the focus off of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and puts it on the needs of others" - Gord Penner; Mud In Your Eye
Take a look at how your day(s) play out…
What’s the first thing out of your mouth when you wake up? What’s the last thing on your mind when you go to sleep? How often do you take time out of your day for what YOU think is important, rather than what God may want you to do?
Stuff like sports, entertainment, even Church and Bible studies can be like a cloudy day to our devotions. Though they may not ruin our time with God, they can still hang over our heads…sitting in the back of our minds and taking our concentration away from where it needs to be.
Practice this: When you wake up, give your first words to God. Simply make sure that the first thing out of your mouth is a blessing; either to school, work, family, friends, whatever! It’s an easy way to let God into your time. An example of how NOT to do this would be to set your Facebook status to “ugh another Monday, don’t wanna get out of bed, ugggh” Why bother!?? That’s not a positive way of spending the time God has given you.
"As each moment passes, you have spent a moment that can never return" - Colin Creel; Perspectives