2 Timothy 3:2
For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Do you have an “it’s all about me” attitude?
If Jesus has not returned, it does not matter what year someone reads this devotional, today’s text will continue to prophesy. There will always be people who have the “it’s all about me” attitude. They have become their own idol. You see it when you watch the news or read the news. You see it in your home and at your job. It really does not matter where you find yourself, you see it. Sadly, you can even see it in the church. I don’t know if it is fair to say that this personality is more dangerous in the church than other places, but it is what I believe. There is a different expectation in the church. You don’t believe you will run into spiritual leaders who have no boundaries, no conscious or compassion. If that is you, ask God to show you and help you.
Philippians 2:3-5 Be free from pride-filled opinions, for they will only harm your cherished unity. Don’t allow self-promotion to hide in your hearts, but in authentic humility put others first and view others as more important than yourselves. 4 Abandon every display of selfishness. Possess a greater concern for what matters to others instead of your own interests. 5 And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mindset become your motivation. (The Passion Translation)
There is nothing wrong with being charismatic and wanting to be accepted. There is nothing wrong with having goals and running after them. Just be careful and take the time to know what is motivating you and how you are setting your goals. This is invaluable training. You have to evaluate everything that inspires you and get to the place where you deny your own flesh so God can use you.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I know that You know me. Because You know me, You know every place where I would allow the enemy to erect an idol within me. Lord, continue to keep me in your presence, so I care more about You than I care about myself. Keep reminding me of Your love for me so I can show love to others. Keep reminding me of Your acceptance of me so I won’t compromise to be accepted and I won’t reject others. Keep reminding me of the work You have called me to, so I don’t take it for granted. I don’t ever want to be found with an ungrateful and selfish heart. You have taught me that You resist the proud and give grace to the humble. I am excited that I can make my boast in you. I can celebrate what You have done in my life and not be prideful. Keep me on that path and help me to walk according to Your goals and desires for my life…