Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;”
I WANT THAT!
Have you ever watched two year olds fight for toys? It can be quite amusing, at least until the fur starts flying. Lol The one toy the other child picks up is the very toy your child wants. Right? Can I get an Amen?
What keeps us, as believers in Christ, from exhibiting these same selfish antics? Only Jesus, that’s what. Left to our own discretions we also cry, “Mine, Mine, Mine!” We want all we see. As my brother-in-law used to say about the world’s mentality, “Get all you can, can all you get, sit on the can and poison the rest.” That’s the selfish mentality of the flesh. And left unchecked by the Spirit it will reign supreme.
So, how do we teach our children not to act that way? By giving them opportunities to give and NOT receive. We are so prone to spoil our children and grandchildren that sometimes we don’t stop to think what we are doing to them. When every thing they ever want is given to them, they become enamored with stuff. All we need is Jesus. That’s what they need to learn.
But how about you, mom and dad? What do you deny yourself? How do you exhibit a selfless attitude yourself? Are you children watching you indulge your every fancy? Or are they observing you dying to self and letting things go?
“Mine, Mine, Mine” should never be in the vocabulary of a believer. It should always be about Christ and others. I promise, if you have that attitude, Christ will meet you right where you are and supply your every need. He has never failed me (or anyone else) yet.