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Wednesday April 27: Overcoming Selfishness

Scripture: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).

By nature, we are selfish people. At an early age, we voice our selfishness with the word “Mine!” Unfortunately, this selfish attitude often carries forward into our adult years. Many people live with the attitude, “What is mine is mine, and I’m going to keep it.” Because of our selfishness, we look at life in terms of our money, our things, and our achievements. We focus on ourselves and give little thought to those around us.

A selfish attitude is obviously not conducive to giving joyfully. Believing that we need and deserve all we have, we have little interest in giving generously. Because of our sinful, self-oriented natures, we fail to exercise generosity in our daily lives. The Bible depicts our fallen condition: “. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). As self-centered people, we accumulate things for ourselves. When God changes our hearts, though, our selfishness is no longer an obstacle to our giving. With hearts right with God, we acknowledge God as the owner of all things and trust in Jesus rather than our money for our security and salvation. By the working of the Holy Spirit through his Word, God can remove our selfishness.

Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, I pray for a giving spirit. Enable me to give joyfully and generously. Amen.