Deconstructing Me-First Faith

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Proverbs 16:9 TNIV
In their hearts human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

It's so easy to live a life that revolves solely around a single agenda: our own. Everything in the surrounding culture encourages us to create the life that we want, to see the fulfillment of our own goals as the ultimate prize, to stand apart from the crowd by being truly selfish.

Of course, Christianity suggests otherwise. It tells us that meeting our own desires is not the path to godly success. Jesus quotes from the ancients in Deuteronomy and Leviticus when He reminds His audience precisely what we ought to value most: to love God with all of our energy and passion, and to love others as much as ourselves.

Selfless living does not mean placing others on an equal footing with ourselves, handing out the compassion in step with the self-indulgence. True Christianity—to be near the kingdom of God, to understand the very fibers that hold together the essence of Christianity, to put our faith into bold practice—means handing over our own agendas in place of serving God and others. It might not be sexy or culturally on-message, but it’s there, in plain and simple truth.

This devotion is adapted from an article in RELEVANT magazine. Get your own copy.

Talk About It

Make a to-do list for the week. Then cross off or re-prioritize the tasks that are purely selfish or need to be re-focused to better serve God and others?

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Anonymous commented…

Yes, this is very good! Like the 'saying': don't make God the main character in your movie, make Him the director.

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Josiah Sprague commented…

Not that I disagree with any of this, but I'm having a hard time connecting the title, scripture, and text of this article. They seem like three separate ideas. It would be interesting to see the ideas expanded a little bit and to see more connections drawn.

Alexander Gianopulos

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Alexander Gianopulos commented…

The verse has nothing to do with what you're saying...

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