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Tuesday Devotion: Selfless

The thorn of selfishness has pricked my side far too many times. Arrogance and pride often sneak in, or perhaps shame and low self-esteem rear their ugly heads. We think being humble means thinking less of ourselves, when really it’s thinking of ourselves less. As C.S. Lewis wisely said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

I confess there are times I ignore the loving counsel of others, unwilling to admit my faults. Countless times I’ve failed, leaving me to grapple with my self-worth. Whether I feel good or bad about myself, the root is a focus on me—my actions, my possessions, my ego.

The litmus test for selfishness? Take stock of how often “I,” “me,” or “my” cross your mind or lips.

It’s nearly impossible to be selfless when focused on yourself. The difference is a selfless life starts with Jesus, and as your focus changes, your actions follow suit. It's not the deed that makes it selfish or selfless, but the motivation behind it. We could do great things—grow a church, lead people to Christ—yet have selfish hearts, seeking credit and esteem. When we make it about us and how we’ll benefit, we become a ‘savior’ no longer needing the Savior.

Ironically, some of the most selfless acts are allowing others to serve us.

To reprogram, we must refocus—away from ourselves, toward God first.

As Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” In other words, focus on God and He’ll handle the rest. As we focus on Him, He transforms us into selfless servants who lift up others. Only then do we want others to experience the Jesus we know.

Look at Acts 2. No one sought credit; all were focused on Jesus and sharing His hope and love. Though difficult, imagine what we could do together if we fixed our eyes on God over ourselves.


Matthew 6:33

Acts 2:45

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