Guilty As Charged || Spirit Of Selfishness
Are You Guilty As Charged?
I am. I would even venture to say that we are all, to some extent, guilty as charged. Okay, so what exactly are we guilty of? We’re guilty of worshiping false idols.
When I refer to false idols, I don’t mean a literal idol formed over a fire with gold like in the Bible (Exodus 32), I mean the things we put before God. In other words, we’re selfish.
Some examples of things I have been guilty of putting before God are relationships, money, social media, my phone, etc. The list goes on. Anything that you put first that prevents you from spending time and building your relationship with God is a false idol. We should have no idols. (Exodus 20:3)
I’m not saying that these things are bad, in fact, everything on that list is crucial to our survival, it’s in our nature. (Well maybe all except Social media, but in this day and age, you can’t be too sure) but as a follower of Jesus Christ, we are called to put God before ALL things.
As I mentioned in my previous post “What are YOU thankful for” (which you can find here) I talked about how God sent his one and only son to die for our sins so that we could have everlasting life. I also spoke about how God created us in his image and how we should not only acknowledge that, but we should live in constant thankfulness.
Let’s Put This Into Perspective. (I’m A Business Major So It’s Business Related; Typical Haha)
Imagine this: You’re a small business owner/entrepreneur who has this super awesome product. You spend SO much time thinking about the idea of the product and even more time producing it. You know exactly who you want this product to go to and you personalize it especially for them, making sure that it is absolutely perfect. You complete your product and present it to the person it is intended for. They’re happy that you thought of them, but they aren’t truly thankful for the actual product. You brush it off, thinking maybe they were just having a rough day. But the next time you see them you find your product collecting dust on a shelf and notice that they’ve bought/are using your competitors’ product instead.
How would this make you feel? Pretty disappointed right? You put in so much time and dedication into this product made especially for this person but they’re not using it. Not only are they not using it, they’re using your competitors’ product instead!
That’s how God feels towards us. God is the entrepreneur, the creator of all things. (Colossians 1:16) He created you and me in His perfect image. (Genesis 1:27) He gave us this life and the tools to walk in this life to the highest extent. (2 Peter 1:3) It’s one thing to be thankful for the life we were so graciously given but it’s another thing to be proactive about how we are living our lives. How could we not want to put God first?
2 Peter 1:3-4 : According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We want our cake and to eat it too! It’s not our fault, we’re conditioned in this day and age to fend for ourselves. Take care of ourselves, provide for ourselves, everything for ourselves, ourselves, ourselves. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are selfish.
Exodus 20:3 – Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
The things we put before the Lord are in a sense false idols. That’s when those things can become toxic. Matthew 6:21 says: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” If we are treasuring the things of this world, we’re being taken away from God. Remember, God is not of this world.
So How Can We Change This?
We have to change our mindset.
- Make a habit of being thankful. Check out my previous post for more on this.
- Be mindful of how you’re spending your time
- Have you read your bible today? Wrote in your Journal today? Have you set aside a time where you can come before the Lord with zero distractions? Have you prayed? if you answered no to any of these questions, I encourage you to change some things up.
I Need Help
Not everybody is strong in their faith, and that’s Okay. There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian. If you truly want to live your life for the Lord, and you truly want to be delivered from the spirit of selfishness (amongst others), all you have to do is ask for help. Be on the lookout for future blog posts on What it means to be a Christian, How to read the Bible, and other self-help posts!