You see it all over the place, the self serving mindset of people in the world. The I’m going to get mine or the it’s going to be my way and that’s it. You don’t have to look far to see it, walk out your door, turn on the news or you might be able to look in the mirror and see the self agenda mindset that exists everywhere.
Don’t feel condemned over this, it has been taught to you from almost every position and direction in your life. It is easy to get caught up in it, they make it the normal way to be. Who are they you ask? Well let’s break it down.
Let’s start with the news, it’s the simplest and easiest to dissect. Turn on the television and pick a channel, it doesn’t matter which one. Now watch that one for a half hour, then another and yet another. Each one is reporting on the same subjects, but each one puts their own self serving twist on it to push their own agenda. They are all the same yet different. It is no longer news, it is now propaganda. Let that sink in, how can it be that diverse, if it’s really news?
Then we have our honorably elected leaders. They too are easy to dissect, well at least the less crafty ones. With them all you have to do is look at party affiliations, that’s it, you will know right then what they are pushing. Yep that’s right, pushing. It’s no longer about doing what the people want, it’s about pushing a self centered agenda. It’s what they want, not what the people want. They have gotten so good at it that they can even convince you it’s for your best interests, even if you don’t believe it to be true.
Now let’s look a little closer to home, the people we choose to follow or lead us. It doesn’t matter which ones we look closely at, teachers, bosses, Pastors and even our spouses. If the mindset is there, if the self centered mindset exists, they too will push their will, their doctrine upon you. I’m not saying that we can’t or shouldn’t have our own opinions or ideas about things. I’m not saying that everyone is that way. What I am saying is, that if they are only interested in pushing their views and interests on you without having an open mind to receive other perspectives, well then… it doesn’t matter if it’s for status, financial gain or just a self promoting agenda, it’s still the same, it’s bout control.
Being in control, having power over people can be just like taking a drug, it is addicting. Just like money, power can rule you. Put the two together and you just might throw your own mother under the bus to get what you want. It’s not far fetched, I lived that life style for a lot of years, it’s a struggle. In me created an unhappy, miserable person who lashed out at everyone around me. In some form or another, in my self serving, self promoting ways, I treated people poorly to get what I wanted, to maintain a false sense of control. Do you know that some people have no idea they are even doing this. I didn’t!
Then came Jesus…
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
1 John 4:4-6 NIV
In a moment, well many moments, things changed for me. As I grew in Christ, as I turned to a different way of life, I began to look at things differently. First, my way wasn’t the right way. It was no longer about what I want, but what God wants. My self seeking agenda turned to His agenda, His works. Second, I began to pay attention to my surroundings. meaning who is leading me and how am I leading. This is important! If I fall under leadership that is self promoting, then by default that’s who I am. If I work for a company that seeks financial gain over serving their customers and treating their employees correctly, then once again I fall under their umbrella of self promotion. I become what they are and will eventually become that in all facets of my life. This was who I was, not who He made me to be.
Once again, then came Jesus. I could put verse after verse on here to prove this point of view. But I will just copy a few that stand out to me.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Ephesians 4:11-16 NIV
“Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22:37-39 NIV
We were not sent here to control one another. We were not sent for a self serving agenda. We were sent here to promote, to follow the ways of our Lord. To teach, respectively His ways! We are to show the world His love, His Grace and what His glory looks like. We do this not for rewards, but for each other, for a life of joy and love! Call me Jesus freak, call me hippie, I will gladly take on those names, if it means one more person can be at peace and at rest in Him!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 NIV