James 4:1 (NIV) What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
I think we could safely say that so many of the problems we deal with are because of our selfish human natures. Selfishness is at the root of many sins. Do you see selfishness in others? Do you see selfishness in yourself? Selfishness destroys our ability to have any wholesome relationships!
It is amazing how even little children have this trait. Have you ever noticed when two children are playing and one child doesn’t care about a certain toy until the moment the other child picks it up? Suddenly both children want it. They scream and pull, and they will destroy the toy in the process. It’s all because one child wants what the other has, this seems to be a part of human nature. We are born that way, and we carry this trait with us through life.
Apostle James pointed out, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?” (James 4:1). That’s really it. We want our own way. By the way in this passage James was writing and talking to believers!
How many problems in our society are because of selfishness? When marriages are falling apart, by and large, it is because of selfishness. People have sex before marriage because of selfishness. At the root of adultery is selfishness. Name a problem, and for the most part you will find selfishness rearing its ugly head.
Apostle Paul urged the believers at Philippi, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). So don’t be controlled by selfishness. Selfishness is a major concern!
Quote- Dwight L. Moody once said, “I have more trouble with D. L. Moody than with any other man I’ve ever met.” As Moody recognized, it’s our obsession with ourselves that is at the root of our problems.
We need to constantly ask the Lord to transform and change us. I know I have a long way to go. And guess what? I know you have a long way to go, too. We all do, so let’s keep it moving in the direction that releases from being held captive! Nothing can destroy a family, marriage, church, friendship, etc., like selfishness.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.