My grandkids like fishing with Pawpa. A fish in the water is agile and quick. In its natural environment it can be a fish. But a fish out of the water flounces, gasps, dies, and stinks. Selfishness is like that. When you are selfish you flounce around helplessly, cannot function as God created you, and you die to the life God intends for you. When you become self-fish, you stink, I stink.
God-centeredness is like a fish in water, swimming freely, breathing fully, and living as God intended. When unself-fish, you smell good to God. Others appreciate being around you because you don’t stink.
So what is the opposite of selfishness? A man named Paul struggled with this too. He found an antidote. Paul said, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit – but in humility consider others more important than yourselves” (Philippians 2.3). The opposite of being self-fish is to treat others as more important than yourself. Be other-fish.
This does not mean you walk around with an inferiority complex or that others are more important than you. It means that you treat others as more important than yourself. Don’t act like a little fish in a big pond or a big fish in a little pond. Act unself-fish-ly.
How do you do that? Humble yourself. What’s that? It is being so in awe at the amazing greatness, power, and love of God that you see yourself in proper perspective, humbled before your mighty Creator. See yourself as a fish in the huge ocean of God’s grace, then you can serve others with an unself-fish attitude. God created you to function in the water of otherness, not flounce around in selfishness.
Do you need that ocean of God’s grace? Acknowledge how much God loves you. Admit and turn from your sinful rebellion toward God. Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died on the cross for you and rose from the dead. Believe Jesus is the only way to be forgiven and go to heaven. Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Confess Him with your mouth and heart. Obey His command to be baptized as a public testimony of faith. Do it today. A fish cannot live out of the water very long.
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