When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, he mentioned what the last days would look like. In that context, Paul said that people would be “lovers of self” (2 Timothy 3:2). When I read that, I can’t help but wonder if he’s describing me. And, perhaps, you.
You see, when we focus on God, all of our true needs are met. There is nothing we really need that the Lord will not supply. He is our everything.
On the other hand, when we shift our focus to ourselves – however subtly – then we miss God’s best. When we are self-centered, then we have more “needs” than could possibly be fulfilled in a lifetime.
Contrast our selfishness with God’s lack of selfishness. He left the wonders of heaven for what? A sin-stained planet full of insignificant rebels. He left behind the brightness of heaven for the darkness of earth. He gave up life in its purest form for the ignominious death of a criminal on a torturous cross. He traded heaven’s absolute perfection for the decay, filth, and squalor of earth.
This is not a trade that you and I would be willing to make. Of course we wouldn’t. We’re far too selfish. But the Lord is not like us. “For God so loved…”
Am I the only one reading this who thinks he needs to be less self-centered?