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Devotional - week of November 17, 2013


GROWING FREEDOM FROM SELFISHNESS

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

Likely, every believer who lives with a passion to be everything God wants him to be has cried out to God, “Please take away this selfishness.”

We cry out like this because we were born with a sin nature that expresses itself with selfishness. We cry out for freedom for selfishness because of the great damage it has created. Divorce comes to mind. There can be no doubt that victory over selfishness would have spared the grief divorce has brought to husbands, wives, and children.

Of course, divorce is just one of many things caused by selfishness. Think of some of the dangers that a growing epidemic of dishonesty because of selfishness has put us in. Dishonesty is at the very heart of the movement of identity theft. A dangerous feature of this is the effort to take from the elderly their life’s savings and present income. We could go on and on listing heart breaking things brought about by this dark thing we call selfishness.

The first thing we must have to experience a growing freedom from selfishness is an assurance of our salvation. One of the best workers of her church stood at the door of the pastor’s office and said, “I am not sure I am a Christian.” She asked him to come to their house so she could talk with him about it. The outcome was her receiving Jesus as her Lord and Savior.

The words of 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 introduce the way that believers can experience a continuing freedom from our selfishness. When one who knows the biblical truths about his spiritual crucifixion and how to experience it, he will begin to have a growing freedom from selfishness if he does the necessary things to experience it.

Romans 6:3-13 tells us how to experience our crucifixion. Some think it is complicated. One man who was experiencing his crucifixion said to his pastor, “It is so simple.”