Me First!

Fuel, the Men?s ministry here at ACC, just started up a new round of small groups (Band of Brothers groups as we call them). That time has become a nonnegotiable in my schedule. I so look forward to starting my Thursday mornings rubbing shoulders with some of the men of our church. This Fall, we?re reading through and discussing the book King?s Cross by Tim Keller. We?re just a couple chapters in, but I?m loving it already! The following quote hit me really hard:

“Self-centeredness makes everything else a means to an end. And that end, that nonnegotiable, is whatever I want and whatever I like, my interests over theirs. I?ll have fun with people, I?ll talk with people, but in the end everything orbits around me.”

I don?t think of self-centeredness in these terms often enough. I?m pretty good at dressing it up and convincing myself that I?m not being self-centered…I just have strong opinions, or doing it this way makes the most sense, or this is what?s best for everyone. The reality is we all like to get our way. But when I think of self-centeredness in terms of making everything else a means to an end (my end), it makes me sick. That?s not who I want to be. My opinion/wants/desires aren?t worth that cost. Self-centeredness is not something to play around with. It?s in direct contradiction to what we see modeled in the life and death of our Savior.
Philippians 2:5-8??Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!??