Selfish Living

The LORD bless you,” Saul said. “At last someone is concerned about me!" I Sam 23:21

You have to love King Saul: He has his priorities straight. He fully understands what matters most in the world is himself and no one else. Unfortunately, I relate.

The back story is that Saul is doing everything in his power to kill David. He's chasing the future King up hill and down without any luck and his discouragement is starting to show. To make matters worse, people in the region aren't cooperating...until today. The good people of Ziph betray David and side with Saul. Finally, things are looking up.

Saul doesn't need to be concerned about right or wrong. He must not trouble himself with what God desires. He shouldn't be bothered with any ethical dilemmas. He should focus on himself because that's what really matters.

When we're living in a self-centered world, we lose focus on everything else. The traffic should flow our direction. The check-out line in the store should be short. The kids should be seen and not heard. The job should automatically come with a promotion. The waiter should provide perfect service and constant water refills. Our spouse should only think of our needs. After all, the sun revolves around us and everything and everyone else should as well.

The trick is that Jesus challenges us to think of others more than ourselves when he says, "Blessed are the humble" (Matthew 5:5) and "love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 22:39). We're called to "think of others as better than ourselves" (Philippians 2:3).

When we're living our best life, the life God desires for us, we are no longer the center of the universe. We never utter the phrase, At Last.

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