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The Curse of Self-Centeredness by Michael Wells

8 Dec 2011 | Added by Michael Wells
Matthew 23:25,26, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.  You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, to that the outside of it may become clean also.”

 

Who among us has not experienced self-centeredness? By the very nature of man, we were created to be other-centered, but we are self-centered.  As we look at the creation of the world and God’s desire for man as a bride for His son, we see selflessness.  We are made in His image, and nothing but selflessness will suit us.  I remember a frightening experience in Malaysia when I went for a walk and a pray, and the “pray” was to play much more into the day than the walk itself.  I went close to the shipyards and stumbled across over thirty dogs that encircled me with the intent to attack me.  As I slowly backed out of the place and surrounded myself with people, the dogs retreated.  The point is that though there is nothing positive in the Bible said about dogs or men most people love a dog, but it is only a blessing when it gives itself to something greater.  Dogs are made to give themselves to man and thus become a blessing.  Man is made to give himself to God and in that way be a blessing.  Man simply is not made to be self-centered, which causes him to shrink and become animal-like; he is meant to be God-centered.  Often I have challenged the oppressed to go find someone in great need and help him.  The results have been consistent:  The helper grows happy!  The world says that there is a way, and Jesus says that He is the Way, a Way of giving, of sacrifice, of loving.  Those who follow Him on the Way can become so happy as to feel that they might explode.  There is no happiness in building for one’s self.   We need to realize that we will die, and so for what will we live?  Our life can be given to something greater than ourselves, to our loving Father and His people, not exalting self-centeredness, but preferring to despise it.

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