Humanity as a whole, whether we like it or not, is actually pretty egocentric. Beginning with infancy, the center of our world is primarily, well, us. If something pleases us, we do it willingly. If something does not please us, we either refuse to do it or we do it very grudgingly. Oh yes, sometimes we look outside of our own little world and offer to give of ourselves. The sad truth is, however, often that occurs because of one or more of the following reasons:
1. It will make us feel good about ourselves.
Everyone else is doing it. What will they think of us if we don't do the same.
We could use a charitable deduction when it's time to do our taxes.
Those people make us feel guilty. If we do something for them we can ignore them with a clear conscience for the next five years or more.
We can pat ourselves on our backs and smugly say to ourselves "I did my part."
The list could go on and on but you get the idea. I want to make it clear that I am not saying everyone is like this. I am talking about people in general.
Then we get out our prayer list. It looks something like this:
1. I want...
2. I need... 3. Do this or I'll pout and throw and tantrum. 4. Hurry up, you are way to slow God. C'mon, if you created the universe in seven days you can surely give me immediate gratification! Does any of this sound familiar to you? It doesn't? Sigh... Well, unfortunately this sounds all too familiar to me.
God's Word tells me: This means that it can no longer be about me. As a follower of Christ, I am crucified with him. I have to lay down my will before him. I have to lay down that egocentric nature I have at the foot of the cross and leave it there! Now, instead of me calling the shots, Christ directs everything I do and say.
Some interesting things take place when we move from being egocentric to Christcentric. First of all, we're a lot more loving and patient towards others. Our life becomes more joyful. While the difficulties of life may remain they just don't seem quite so...well...difficult anymore. We find joy in serving others. If someone gives us a pat on the back for a job well-done, it doesn't go to our heads because we understand that Christ is living within us. Instead, we give Christ the glory and rejoice that he chose to use us and we got to go along for the ride.
May we become more Christ-centered and less self-centered with each passing moment!
I think Christ-esteem is more important the self-esteem. The world puts importance on the self but we as Christians should pur more importance on Christ as center of our live.
Great blog princess.