Life is not Just about Me!
No matter how impoverished or elaborate an infant’s environment, her natural inherited nature is selfishness. She is unable to express this thought, but evidently she thinks that the entire world revolves around her and her wishes. When she is hungry, she cries and her mother lets her nurse or gives her a bottle. She is satisfied and stops crying. But she was fed when hungry; so the next time she is hungry, she does a repeat performance and gets results. Then she becomes tired lying in her crib, and begins crying; soon she is in the arms of her mother and being rocked. She enjoys that; so the next time she wants attention, she uses the same method.
An infant has no consideration for others: it’s all about me and what I want! And you know what? Some infants reach adulthood and have not outgrown that selfish trait. Jesus gave this example: “Take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of things he possesses. Then He spoke this parable:
“The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully, and he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room to store my crops? And he said, this will I do: I will tear down my barns, and build greater, and there I will store my crops. And I will say to my soul: Soul, you have much goods laid up for many years; so take your ease: eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12: 15-19.
In the next verse we read God’s response to the rich man’s selfish boasting: He called him a fool and said that night his soul would be required of him and them who will receive the things he had acquired.
Even after becoming children of God, selfishness raises his ugly head, and many believers struggle with that selfish trait. Remember Jesus said the love of money is the root of all evil. Perhaps more people who don’t have much money are guilty of that sin than those who are wealthy.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for being selfish children. Many of us are guilty of limiting most of our prayers for me and mine. We do love You, and pray in Jesus’ name to become more like Him. Amen.