THE ATTITUDE OF MY SELF-CENTERED LIFE
By Greg Sambrano My Life
· The attitude of my self-centered life. As for myself I try to serve God with a pure heart, but I didn't realize that I was seeking a reward for my service to God for all these years that I thought I was serving God with a pure heart. But it had not been evident to me until now. My current situation has been revealing to me. The fact is, there is a Bible verse that I came across; Luke 19:26-27 I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.(27)But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.'"
· "That God would take away from us what he has given to us. If we don't use it." And I wasn't being a good disciple I have never been spiritually rooted in the word of God as to having the ability to use what I have learned or sharing the good news about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I fall into the category where Jesus was using the parable of the sower. And I still am! The one who gladly hear the message and accept it right away, but it doesn't last that long. And as soon as things get rough. I give up and fall into my old nature my selfish self-centered ways of thinking and acting and walking and then when it's all over I have no regrets. A quick please Jesus forgive me, and sometimes not even that and right back to study the word of God, and gladly hearing God's message and accept it right away, but only for a season.
· Mark 4:5-6 Other seeds fell on thin, rocky ground and quickly started growing because the soil wasn't very deep. (6)But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched and dried up, because they did not have enough roots. Mark 4:16-17 The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it right away. (17)But they don't have any roots, and they don't last very long. As soon as life gets hard or the message gets them in trouble, they give up.
· And here is another verse that I just came across recently John 6:66-68 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. (67)So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"(68)Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,
· And now I see! That's what I have been doing all this time is turning my back. And no longer walking with our Lord Jesus Christ and wondering why haven't I bared any fruit? Been confused through my self-centered and selfish attitude confusing bearing fruit with prospering and wondering why I haven't? I still am not sure what bearing fruit means?
· That's how I have been serving God. He's giving me hundreds of Bible verses and ideas and explanations. And I did nothing with them. I have not freely been serving God with a joyful and spontaneous spiritual life, but with a selfish and self-centered ignorant life. And the Bible verses I have been coming across lately have been pointing out my attitude to be unacceptable to God.
· This is not the type of service that God expects from any of us. The Bible says, "God loves a cheerful giver"
2 Corinthians 9:7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
· In the matter of service too God delights neither in one who serves cheerfully, neither grudgingly nor of necessity. He would rather have no service at all, than reluctant service.
· Service to God diligently is serving God with a willing heart. But when you serve God as I have been with a self-centered, selfish mind and heart you tend to complain. I did, when I did not see any blessing in my life or prosperity in my life. And still do!
· When the Israelites served God grudgingly; He sent them into captivity as He had told them He would: "Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and gladness of heart...therefore you will serve your enemies" (Deut. 28:47). No. God has no pleasure in legalistic service.
· Do we ever compare our walk and the blessing we receive with that of others?
· I did, when I went to visit friends and family and just people I seen at the stores, in a restaurant. I would compare my life to theirs. Not knowing what type of life and struggles. They went through but just, envying what they had how they appeared to be living. Even though some of them may not have even been a Christian
Jesus once told a parable about some laborers who were employed at different hours of the day by a certain man. At the end of the day the man gave them each the same pay. Those who had worked longest came up to the man and complained saying, "How can you give us the same wages as these other people? We deserve more." But they had agreed to work for that amount. They complained that others should be given less than them in (Matt. 20:1-16). They envy the other men, because they got paid the same and work less hours. I need not to forget what Jesus says in (Luke 19:23-26) Why then did you not put my money in a bank, so that when I came I would get it back with interest? (24)And he said to the others who were near, Take the pound away from him, and give it to the man who has ten. (25)And they say to him, Lord, he has ten pounds. (26)And I say to you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
· Here Jesus is talking about The Parable of the Ten Minas
Where out of the three men, he gave each the same amount of money and two of them invested and came back with interest. But the one did nothing.
Just like I did nothing! The way I see this parable it applies to my life. The three men are me and two other men. The two other men are; two other Christians at the same time, the Holy Spirit was blessing me with his word was blessing them as well. And they grew to be successful pastors and disciples in the word of God, ministering sharing and leading people to God. But as for myself I buried the word and did not share it with anyone.
· So in Luke 19:26 I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
· So whatever accomplishments. I did make in life was taken away from me. But the two other men who have been fruitful shall prosper, but as for me not producing any fruit what I have was taken away from me. And this I now know to be true.
1. Self-centered personal attitudes
2. people that are led away from walking in the spirit of God
3. human nature as we call it
4. and second nature