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My Wants or Your Needs?

November 17, 2008

2 Timothy 3:1-5
1    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.
2    People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,
3    without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,
4    treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–
5    having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
(NIV)

I keep coming across teachings on this passage and it has been slapping me across the face.  Paul says that in the end times people will be lovers of themselves.  It has really forced me to take a look at my life and fight the constant battle of selfishness.  I was studying and read one commentary that said, “lovers of self is the sewer pipe out of which all of the other garbage flows.”

Think about it.  Selfishness is the root of all the other sins listed in this passage.  Loving yourself causes you to love money, to think too highly of yourself, to treat others badly, to do only what you want, and the list goes on and on.

Lord, let me always focus more on others instead of myself.  As I live this life of comfort, may I remember to pray for those less fortunate.  As I don’t even have to think about where my next meal will come from, let me think of those who are starving.  As I choose what shoes to wear today, let me think of those who don’t have any.  Let me focus more on other’s needs ahead of my wants.  Lord, please help me to love others more than I love myself!

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  1. November 17, 2008 9:28 am

    Amen.
    Such an ugly truth exposed in that passage.

  2. November 18, 2008 9:35 am

    This is so true.
    Allison and I were talking last night about our possessions and moving to Africa or some other far off place. Its really hard to stay focused on others when we live in a society that is drenched in selfishness.

    I mean I really wish I could go to a third world country and live, but my boss just informed me yesterday that there isn’t any wi-fi in Uganda, so that counts me out!

    Good, yet painful post !

  3. Mom permalink
    November 18, 2008 4:38 pm

    Son, think about that prayer. Twice in the O.T. and seven times in the N.T. we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourself. That may be a more realistic beginning point. Only twice in the entire Bible can I recall anyone loving someone more than themselves: Jesus and Paul. We know Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for mankind. The other, Paul, prayed a similar prayer when he said in Romans 9:3, “I wish I could help my Jewish brothers and sisters, my people. I would even wish that I were cursed and cut off from Christ if that would help them.” Think about that kind of love. To whatever degree you are desiring to love ohters, prepare yourself for the confrontations and the sufferings that go along with it. Our Lord and Paul both endured physical, mental and emotional pain that I don’t understand. I do want to learn to love like that, but it’s hard for me to get my mind around. I end up crying everytime I try to go there and pray that prayer. I don’t understand that kind of love. When I think on all that Jesus did for me, I just get weepy. I am so thankful!

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