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The Work of the Cross (8 of 47)
Selfishness is one of the most pervading philosophies of the 20th century. It is all about I and me. It is manifested in self-centeredness, selfishness, self-gratification, and self-fulfillment. People are absorbed with their own feelings, wants and desires. It is all about me and I.
The problem has come in that this attitude has pored over into the church in such an incredible way. People in churches so many times have exchanged the truth of God for a lie and that is what is sad. Christ has been portrayed as the answer to every problem that you have. If you have money troubles then come to Christ and he will give you the wealth that you desire. You want a successful career then come to Christ and he will make the Bank president. Christ is the source of peace, prosperity, happiness, joy, the one who makes life worth living and saves from hell.
Christ is the answer to man's needs. The problem is that the selfish attitude of many Christians and for that matter churches have forgotten the basic need that Christ came to meet, the need to save man from sin.
The problem comes when we allow the salvation of our souls to focus on us. Man from the beginning was never meant to glorify self, man was created to bring glory and honor to God. That is the whole purpose of salvation.
Col. 1:16 "All things have been created by Him and for Him."
The psalmist in Ps. 115:1 says, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Thy name give glory because of Thy lovingkindness, because of Thy truth,"
C.H. Spurgeon in his Puritan Catechism asks the question "What is the chief end of man." He answers it, "Man's chief end is to glorify God, (1 Corinthians 10:31) and to enjoy him forever (Psalms 73:25, 26).
God is the source of all life, the creator, and sustainer, and He is the only one that is to be given praise and honor. When we take Christianity and turn it into some kind of self-se ...
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