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DESTINATIONS: Selfish or Sacrificial

DESTINATIONS: Selfish or Sacrificial

First, Seek Him...

Being selfish is easy, but it leads to a very small life. In this conversation, we consider what it means to live for more than ourselves, making others matter. This is counter-cultural in our “me first” world, but it’s the way God calls His followers to live. Seek Him about this!

...Then Speak Him

As you intentionally disciple the next generation, this takes effort, time, work and care. This is part of a life that is “sacrificial” rather than “selfish.” As you model this for those entrusted to you, speak into them about living for more than themselves, too!

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Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Word

God, what are you saying to me through this Scripture?

In our “me first” society, Scripture tells us to humbly consider other people more important than ourselves. This doesn’t mean we think badly of ourselves; it means we think more of other people and their needs. This is what Jesus did for us:  He “… did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). His sacrifice gave us life, and our sacrifices can be life-giving, too. ~ What does it mean to “count others more significant than yourselves”? Is this easy or difficult?

Why

God, why does this matter?

We are all born selfish. Putting ourselves first comes naturally, but here’s the thing: 1×1 = just one! Selfishness leads to a very small life. The opposite of selfishness is sacrifice, which is to lay down our lives, needs or desires to help others. This is the harder, more difficult path to walk, but it’s also the path that leads to living lives greater than ourselves. ~ Who taught you to be selfish? Who has shown you how to sacrifice? Have you ever sacrificed for someone? How did that multiply your life beyond yourself?

What

God, What Else Does Your Word Say About This?

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). A true hero sacrificially and courageously puts others first. We celebrate true heroes on American holidays like July 4th, and we should honor true heroes every day. However, it doesn’t have to stop there! Each of us can sacrifice for others somehow, some way, in our own ordinary lives. ~ Does laying down your life mean you have to physically die? How can you do that for someone? How can you love others more than yourself?

Worship

God, How do you want me to respond to this truth?

True humility is not about having a low view of yourself but about having a higher view of others. It’s about intentionally seeing them and their needs more than your own. This is the heart of sacrifice, and it takes a person willing to set aside their own selfishness to do this. When we sacrifice in Jesus’ Name, God is glorified and people are helped. What an amazing way to follow Jesus’ path and worship Him!  ~ How is God asking you to sacrifice today? Are you willing to do this? In what areas do you need God’s help for this?

Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

A Family Blessing

A Blessing from this Lesson to Speak over Those God has Entrusted to You!

In a selfish, “me first” world, may you be a person of strength and courage, who is willing to rise above selfishness to sacrificially lead and serve others, in Jesus’ Name, amen!

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