The most miserable Christian on earth is the selfish and self-centered Christian. They get hurt easily. Rarely are they happy. Things never seem right for them. They are the only ones who can see clearly – others are blinded. Cranky. Crabby. Critical. Crafty. Cross. Crying and so often crowing about themselves.
Peter and Paul said very similar things about living for our selfish selves. Paul wrote:
“…He died for all,
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh – no longer for human passions but for the will of God. 1Peter 4:1-2
Try reading the ME lines above in a different way. Substitute the 1st person pronouns (me, my and mine) with 3rd person pronouns (He, Him and His). Changing from the 1st person to the 3rd person will revolutionize my Christian life. But beware of this: we have a built-in fleshly default to slip back to the 1st person very quickly.
“Lord, by nature I am a supremely selfish being. I confess my sin of selfishness to Thee. Today Lord, I want to abandon self and live for Him who died for my sake. It is about HIM – not me.”