When I was a kid there was a cartoon that came on tv about two lab mice that would try every night to take over the world. Every night they would fail but that would not slow down their determination. They wanted to take over the world. As individuals we sometimes want to be in complete control. We want certain things done and we want them done our way. But do we not realize that that kind of selfish and self-centered mindset leads us towards a life filled with sin?
In Genesis 3 we read about Adam and Eve sinning in the garden. Eve being tempted by the serpent saw the fruit of the tree was good for food and that it could make her wise, and she took, ate, and gave it to her husband. Adam, likewise, took and ate as well. Adam and Eve sinned before God because they disobeyed God and because they did what they wanted to do. Sin happens when we as human beings decide to do things that we know God has forbidden and when we decide to not do things that we know God has commanded. Selfishness is sin and it leads us towards more sin in the future.
Before time began God knew that He was going to send His Son to die on the cross for mankind. He knew mankind would sin and that at times we would be selfish and self-centered. It is amazing to see how God’s plan for salvation interacts with man’s desire to always be in control. Salvation in the Bible is not found through works alone. No matter how many great things we do in this life we cannot work our way to heaven. There is not some checklist that we can complete in order to earn heaven. Salvation is given by the grace and mercy of our God. By faith and obedience we can come in contact with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ in the watery grave of baptism. There is nothing special about the water, but we are saved by faith and grace. As Christians we are called to work for God. We are to teach His Word to all the world and be His workers here on earth. We work because of our faith in God and the commands He has set before us. We work because we love God and we know that He loves us and all of mankind. Being selfish and self-centered will not only lead us towards a life of sin but it may possibly keep somebody else from ever learning about salvation through Jesus Christ. We need to remember as we approach each day that it is not about us. Our lives are about faithfully serving God daily and letting the world know about the God that we serve.
By Derek Broome