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5/1/2024

Dear Fairview Community Christian Church,

 

I typically don’t think of myself as a selfish person but recently the Lord has been showing me just how selfish I really can be. I started to realize that a lot of the decisions I have been making revolved around me and what would benefit me the best. From a secular standpoint there really is nothing wrong with this logic. Our culture teaches us that we ought to live our best lives right now and do everything that will get us closer to reaching our dreams. The problem is Jesus seems to teach us a much different way of living. 

Firstly, Jesus teaches us that we ought to be servants to one another. He says this in Matthew 23:11-12, “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”. Jesus himself displays this example in numerous ways throughout his ministry. One example is when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. He teaches them that this is how they should treat one another. Most importantly Jesus displays putting others before himself at the crucifixion. Jesus showed us the greatest act of humility by setting aside his divinity and dying for sinful man. When you look at the world, is this how people are living? And when you look at yourself is this how you are living?

Another verse we can look to is Philippians 2:3-4 which says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”. Now this verse for me is a bit of a reality check. Paul here is clearly encouraging us to do nothing out of selfish ambition but to consider others above ourselves. So I had to stop and think, am I really trying my hardest to do that? My honest answer at the time was no. Since then I have been working hard to think of myself less and that really is what humility is right? As C.S. Lewis said it’s not thinking less of ourselves, it's thinking of ourselves less.

So what can you do this next month to think of yourself less and put others before you? This will look different for all of us but keep looking to the example of Jesus. Don’t let your own fears and doubts stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone. We must remember this life is not about us but it's about Christ and his bride. I’ll be praying for all of you and I’ll be praying that Jesus will lead you in the way that you should go. Amen. 

 

God bless you Church, 

 

Pastor Ben

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