My Selfish Will
Before I gave my heart to the Lord I looked out for number one. Since I received Jesus, He looks out for me.
Philippians 4:19: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Since He is looking out for me and doing a better job of it than I ever could, I am free to look out for others. He gives me the willingness and ability to do it.
Romans 5:5: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
When I was looking out for myself I worked hard at it. I wanted what I wanted. I planned meticulously for it. I tried to enlist others in it. I plotted to get it. I campaigned to get it. I fought for it. I wheedled to get it. I sinned to get it. When I did things for others it was for my self-interest. I pretended to be sick to get it. I lied to get it. I put a lot of energy into getting what I wanted. In fact, I put all my energy into getting what I wanted.
Luke 10:27: And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
My flesh still wants to look out for number one, but a change from self-centeredness to God-centeredness is the primary evidence that one has become a Christian.
Galatians 5:16: This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
Ephesians 4:30: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
1 Thessalonians 5:19: Quench not the Spirit.
A couple of questions Christians ought to ask themselves: Do I put as much time and effort into looking out for others as I put into looking out for myself and do I put as much time and energy into obeying the Holy Spirit as I put into grieving Him and quenching Him?