What’s In It For Me
‘Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” ‘
– Genesis 3:4-5 (NKJV)
Have you noticed that the crave for self-comfort, self-love, self-interest, self-centeredness is on the increase?
When making a request for a service from people, I often hear comments like “I can’t come and kill myself” or “what’s in it for me?”
It makes my heart skip a bit especially if such comment comes from a believer.
Have you also noticed that in prayer sessions, we tend to spend less time interceding for others and more on personal matters?
With the rise in self-love and self-crush motivational messages, it is important not to shift the landmark of the bible and end up in self-worship.
Beloved, if your life is still regulated by “what is in it for me?” then you need to repent. This was the bait that the satan used on Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:4-6 (MSG)
The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.”
6 When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate.
Note the phrase … what she would get out of it… Hey! This looks like what fraudsters and 419 do, a harmless looking promise of something in it for you!
In God, you will get personal rewards too at the end but obedience, purpose, love for God should be the lenses from which you look through to act not self.
Here is what Jesus said in Luke 9:23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Apostle Paul further buttresses the point in 1 Corinthians 15:31; I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!
In all seasons of life, it is pertinent to keep in mind that we are called to live God-inspired, purpose-driven, future-minded, heavenly focused lives.
Everything doesn’t end here on earth, you are living for eternity!
Dear Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of every attitude in me that puts self at the center. It is not all about me, It is all about you Jesus. Help me to put self to death daily and walk in your love, purpose, and obedience to your instructions. Help my brethren too to overcome self and walk in the revelation of your love. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.