Actually, if we read the parable Jesus gave about a certain rich man whose land brought forth abundantly, we need not go far or argue about the selfish nature of the unregenerate man.
Examine what the man said to himself in Luke 12: 16-19; And he thought within
himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my
fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, And build greater; and
there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will Say to my soul, Soul,
thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be
This rich man mentioned ‘I’ six times in the three verses above. There was no single consideration for another person or even for God who caused his farm to bring forth a bountiful harvest. He was concerned about himself alone. For him, once he is full, he does not know that another person is hungry.
The youthful age is a dynamic phase for great exploits, but one wonders why so little is heard of youths taking over nations. For instance, when it is time for evangelism, the numbers of young ones are sometimes so few that one wonders what has preoccupied these young minds.
Fyodor Dostoevsky showcases selfishness as a factor. He said, “I say, let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.’’ In essence, it does not matter how many unsaved souls perish as far as “I” can continue to live in pleasure. Is that not the case with some of us? Do we not prefer to be glued to our phones and laugh with instagram and whatspp instead of reaching out to a lost soul?
The prayer requests of some of us are so self-seeking. Everything revolves around ME, MYSELF and I. Some of us pray so much for a new iPhone, MacBook, the car that we cannot work for and buy in the next five years and never remember a missionary labouring on the field or the nation that has provided residence for us. It all about I.
Another area of selfishness is when we place demands on our friends, colleagues, guardians or even parents. Some of us are so impatient that all we want is to have our way without due consideration for the other party who may not have what we wanted when the request was made. Some of us develop attitudes like little children once our demands are not met.
Paul mentioned envy as a work of the flesh in Galatians 5:21. Envy is a major selfish trait because, you maliciously want what somebody else has and so you become resentful. That is why some of us don’t celebrate others; we always wished we were in their shoes. Why?
Let us banish living for self and be a blessing to humanity. There is so much joy in blessing another person by sharing what we have. To be selfish is to live an unproductive life. Christ has given us His spirit and as a new man, the selfish trait must go.
Give a helping hand; do good always etc. Do you know giving a sincere smile is being generous? It simply means you are not holding back anything. Joel Osteen said, The main rule to me is to honour God with your life. To live a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that’s really the essence of the Christian faith.
God is the epitome of generosity. He gave us His only son. Remember that when you give you will always multiply. Can you imagine Bill Gates fighting polio? Don’t be selfish, be a blessing.