Selfless Part 1: Bold in Witness
SELFISH TO SELFLESS
Philippians 2:2-4 (MGS) Be deep-spirited friends . . . . Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead . . . . Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Selfishness is the number one enemy of relationships. It is the number one cause of conflict. It is the reason the Church has lost it’s effectiveness. Today’s church is more about getting “my” needs met than it is about reaching the lost. God bless me. Protect me. Help me. Make my life better. Selfishness is a poison.
Galatians 6:8 (CEV) If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life.
Selfishness has creep into all aspects of our society. Every radio add and every TV commercial. We are bombarded with self. Often our relationship with God is more about us than it is about Him. The reality is, “God does not exist for us, we exist to serve and honor God.” Instead of trying to get God to do what we want, we need to figure out what God wants.
BOLD IN WITNESS
God wants your family member who’s fallen, the single mother who’s hopeless, the guy at work who went through the divorce. He wants the hurting, the helpless, the hopeless, the lost!
Matthew 16:24 (NIV) Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
It is amazing the difference one selfless life can make. To be Jesus’ disciple, life has to be less about us and more about Him.
- Selflessness is pouring out our life for the good of someone else.
- Selflessness is making sacrifices so someone else can get ahead.
Instead of focusing on me, I will focus on the people God loves.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT) Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
Instead of focusing on my feelings, I will focus on the feelings of others. It is so easy to take offense, get critical and judgmental; instead of placing ourselves in the shoes of the other person.
Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
True success is measured by the ability to help others succeed.
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
If you love someone enough, you will not stand by and let them fail.
OTHERS BEFORE SELF
Selfless is when we realize that when you win, I win. So we place others before ourselves.
- We invest in people.
- We believe in people.
- We make a difference in their life.
- We elevate people above ourselves
- We help others win. And that becomes our win.
Step away from living for ourselves and step into living for others.
Luke 6:37-38 (NLT) Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. [Jesus is saying, “Put your focus on people.”] Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give [in your relationships, the amount you invest in others, believe in others, make a difference in their life, elevate others, help other people win ] will determine the amount you get back.
The best way to love someone is to help them become the best version of who they are. It’s to be bold in your witness.