Getting a little Selfish
This blog may not be what you think based on the title. Believe it or not, I’m going to challenge you to actually get a little MORE selfish. Clearly that demands an explanation, but first, let me lay a scriptural foundation for where we’re going.
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. (1 Peter 2:1-3)
Let me ask you an honest question; is there anything on earth more selfish than a baby? J Don’t get me wrong! Babies are AMAZING. But if you are a parent, you know what I’m saying here. Steve Farrar wrote a book called “Point Man” and in that book, he makes the following observation about babies:
“We’re all selfish. Selfish to the core. God sometimes chooses to deal with our selfishness by giving us someone to care for who is infinitely more selfish than you. Babies are not only the cutest creatures on the face of the earth, they are by far the most selfish. The way God deals with my own selfishness is to give me someone to serve who has zero interest in serving me. You can’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor. Not too many people in the world could out-selfish me one-on-one. But every time we’ve had a baby, I’ve met my match.” (Steve Farrar)
I hope you’re laughing right now. I certainly am! This is what Peter is actually referring to in 1 Peter 2. We need to get to the point where we crave more of God with the spiritual fervor and hunger of a newborn longing for milk; like nothing else will satisfy us. We need to hunger after God with a ravenous and insatiable appetite. We need to get a little selfish.
BUT, we don’t get to stay there. Let’s turn back to Steve Farrar:
“Each of my kids resembled me. I don’t mean they looked like me, I mean they were as selfish as me. That meant that somebody in the family was going to have to grow up. Guess who was nominated?” (Steve Farrar)
I want you to START selfish, but I don’t want you to stay there. And this actually points to a misnomer when it comes to our faith. We talk and act as if a sign of maturity in our faith is that eventually we grow up and the excitement and hunger die down. Far from it. When a baby grows up, what is the sign of maturity? Is it that they aren’t hungry anymore? That they don’t need to eat? Of course not! If anything, their appetite grows!
The sign of maturity is actually that they begin to feed themselves. And eventually, they even begin to feed others. The sign of spiritual maturity isn’t when you no longer crave Jesus. Quite the opposite. It’s when you pray, read the word, join a community group, disciple someone. Not when you starve yourself to death. If it’s been a long time since you’ve been spiritually hungry, you’re not mature, you’re emaciated. It’s time to pick up the spoon and get a little selfish in your hunger for Jesus.