This is somewhat of a difficult post for me to write.
I’m writing this post to clarify a few things, and to apologize to all of you lovely readers.
I have a habit of writing the night before I post something, which is usually okay, but I’ve definitely made a few mistakes when it comes to that. Sometimes, I don’t let God guide my words and I end up saying things that aren’t necessarily inaccurate, but incomplete. And I want to address one of those posts today.
I wrote Fighting Selfishness on August 11th of this year. I don’t regret writing it, but there’s so much that I didn’t say, could’ve said differently, or just shouldn’t have said. For that, I’m sorry. I’d like to address that post and continue with what I was trying to say.
I wrote Fighting Selfishness because I saw in my own life that I had a tendency to be selfish. I like to do my own thing (which is okay in and of itself) but I was perhaps letting it get in the way of what I needed to be doing to help others instead.
That motivated me to write the post, but I missed a key element.
Sure, we should strive for selflessness, because selflessness is a good thing.
HOWEVER, if we are not being led by the Spirit, we will not be able to become more Christlike.
So here is my point.
Selflessness is possible for us because we have the Holy Spirit in us, growing us and leading us to become more like Christ.
There is no “try harder.” There is no “work more at it.”
And just so you don’t think I’m making this up, here’s a verse in Romans 14. This passage is talking about convictions and our freedom in Christ, specifically in regard to food, and I really like it. If you want to check it out, go here.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
We have been given freedom in Christ to live in a way that is pleasing to God. Freedom means we “can” do whatever we want, but not that we “should.” We are no longer bound by the law and the Ten Commandments, because that is not what saves us!
Praise God for that, because we could never keep the law perfectly.
Back to my points on the selfishness article.
I didn’t say anything about the Holy Spirit there because I was so focused on how selfishness isn’t living like a true Christian should.
That’s not the point at all, though.
The point is to grow in an understanding of the amazing grace of God. To live by the Holy Spirit’s leading, and not by a list of do’s and don’t’s, and should’s and shouldn’t’s.
This is what prompts us to live selflessly.
I’m so sorry if my tone has ever been a “you have to do ____” instead of an encouragement to live out our faith with joy. I want to inspire us to live lives that are led by the Holy Spirit, and not just some laws. Because that’s not right.
We should live selflessly, yeah. But we shouldn’t be aiming to live more this or more that. Our aim should be to grow in Christ, to please Him, and to become more like Him. Not to follow some rules in order to be better people.
By living a life that is led by the Holy Spirit, our selflessness flows from that. Why? Because ultimately, it’s not about us. If we become selfless because of our own doing, then we’d have something to boast about, which we don’t. If we succeed at something, it will always be God working through us and not us doing it on our own.
That’s basically the point that I want to clarify today. I’m sorry that I didn’t say it before.
Thank you all for being patient with me as I grow in my own faith!