Begin the sermon by using a selfie stick...
We started a new series last week talking about things that rob your joy. Last week was doubt, this week we are talking about selfishness.
What do I mean by selfishness?
Selfishness defined - A self-centred concern for oneself, without due regard to the needs of others.
Scripture treats selfishness as an aspect of sin and urges believers to care for others as well as themselves.
According to God’s word...
Selfishness is a characteristic of the sinner
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Selfishness is a characteristic of sinful society
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
Now there are many expressions of selfishness but let me just list three of them this morning...
Expressions of Selfishness
Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
The king spoke, saying, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?”
Those are just some of the expressions of selfness that will rob you of the Lord’s joy, now lets take a look at the antidotes to selfishness.
Antidotes to selfishness
Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
The Example of Jesus Christ
For even Christ did not please himself but, as it is written: “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
Dying to the old nature
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
Serving one another
Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.
Loving one another
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.