Savings Day – Confront Selfishness
Ever see others choose the best for themselves and then label them selfish?
It’s hard to notice selfishness in ourselves! In Genesis 13, we read that Abram and his nephew, Lot, had a problem. Both men were wealthy and the land couldn’t support all their flocks and herders. Abram valued their relationship more than money. So, trusting God, he allowed Lot to choose which land he preferred. Thinking only of himself and his flocks, Lot chose the “well-watered” land. He didn’t consult the Lord, he failed to respect his uncle and he ignored the risk of living close to Sodom, a place of great wickedness. Soon after, he lost it all. Abram honored God by giving up the best, and God returned it to him as an eternal possession. To avoid Lot’s mistake, remember God’s Word: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:4 )
You know, we’re surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. Many who willingly accepted the loss of earthly possessions for the sake of enduring gain. Now having the best isn’t wrong. The problem arises when we want the best for selfish/prideful reasons. So learn to identify where you’re vulnerable to being selfish. Repent of any jealousy and surrender your desire to have the best. Above all, nurture your devotion to God. Consistent time spent in prayer and in His Word will build confidence in His promises and satisfy your earthly longings.
Selfish shopping can create credit card debt, and if you’re struggling, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. They’ll create a debt management plan that works for you. For more information call the Crown Helpline: 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.