“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 ESV
Our selfishness can be the driver of all our motives—even to the point of bending, shaping, and sometimes even twisting Scripture in order to fit our own views. We have become entertainment-addicted, approval junkies, only attending church services that “make us feel good” or are entertained by the contemporary, emotionalism worship services. When did church become more about serving ourselves rather than serving God?
I was sitting in church a few Sundays ago when my pastor’s words cut me like a knife: “Many people are dissatisfied with churches because the congregations are not fulfilling them…The out-of-order world has trained us from infancy to worship the American trinity: me, myself, and I” (Pastor Michael Philliber). Wanting our own way is woven into the fabric of our fallen, sinful nature. Our society has adopted this view of “my needs first”, and this is true especially in the church today.
The truth is, we will never find a perfect church because each church is filled with sinners like you and me. But on the same hand, we should not be looking to these churches to fulfill our needs. We need to base our satisfaction not on man but solely on Christ. We need to devote our lives to the teaching and preaching of the Gospel, living it out moment-by-moment and day-by-day. Our once a week appearance at church should not be focused on “what can I get out of this?”, but rather, “how can I glorify God through this worship service?” We must humble ourselves before the Lord, and find abiding comfort in his triumphal, forever sustaining mercy.
Father, I pray you show me my selfishness when worshipping your name. Help me turn my focus into pleasing you and not myself. Guide me in my path of finding a Bible-believing church, and forgive me for glorifying myself rather than praising you.
Are you guilty of selfishness when it comes to worship? How can you turn the spotlight from yourself onto God?