Selfie No More
“He has to become greater while I become less.” (John 3:30)
Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attribute. It has become a real epidemic in our advanced world.
How so? Firstly, people show themselves off on Facebook through taking “selfies” every day. While an innocent act for some, it can also indicate an unhealthy obsession with the self. Secondly, there’s the term “humble brag” – a practice of showing off accomplishments and wealth (like on Facebook) while trying to appear modest. There’s really no law against it, but it does call our real motives to account. Lastly, the “obey your thirst” principle, which again focuses on the self and its insatiable desires that often trample on morality.
How can we avoid focusing on ourselves?
- Focus on God – “He must become greater” – discovering who He is will lead us to a deeper relationship with Christ. When we recognize his deity and Lordship, we will grow in His grace.
- Focus on serving others – “…while I become less” – The nature of ministry is service. Jesus said, “I came not to be served but to serve”.
- Focus on how God sees you. Having a biblical self-image will direct our hearts to recognize God working in us to accomplish His purpose.
The Apostle Paul says, “It is not I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” Let Jesus be recognized in our lives. Let Him be great as we become less. Let Jesus reign in our lives, family, ministry, and our nation.
God, grant me the grace to trade my pride and earthly crowns for a real identity in Jesus. Help me focus more on You and on the needs of others, and less on myself.
Spend a few minutes each day meditating on the greatness
of God and the beauty of the grace He lavished on us. Let gratitude overflow to worship and service for Him and for others. Allow your pride to decrease as God increases in your life.