Philippians 2:4 tells us, "let each of you look not to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
Selflessness has been weighing heavy on my heart lately. It is SO easy to get caught up in our own lives, challenges, troubles, triumphs, and desires. And what a dangerous cycle to get stuck in. Why? Because God calls us to be selfless and put others before ourselves. We are called to love above all. One of the easiest ways to obey this command is by expressing selflessness in our own lives.
The greatest example of selflessness is Jesus Christ, himself. He made the biggest sacrifice in order to save us. Giving His life so that we could be in relationship with the Father is the most selfless act of all. Shouldn't we be more inclined to follow His lead?
Unfortunately, almost everything in today's society tells us otherwise. We're practically instructed to be selfish. Climbing the corporate ladder no matter what it takes, striving for immediate, short-term happiness (& ignoring the concept of delayed gratification), prioritizing money above everything else, leaving manners and chivalry as a thing of the past, degrading and disrespecting those around you.. Sound all too familiar? I want to challenge us to change the way we function as a society and make selfishness a thing of the past. Yeah, I know, that's a tall order to fill. But, I'm confident that one person has the power to drastically change the life of another. And if being selfless is what prompts that change, then by all means, let it be so! Let's follow in our Savior's footsteps and lead by example.
To put it simply, selflessness above all.
I can just picture the joy God feels when we act selfless towards others. A huge smile on His face as He gives you a pat on the back and tells you how pleased He is. It is an incredible feeling to be selfless. As we adapt to new ways of thinking and actions of selflessness, I can promise that our hearts will feel full and joyful. I know this from first hand experience and hope that you can experience it, too.