“One Big Selfish Mess” (James 4:1)

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The world is in turmoil. Terrorists hijack airplanes. Gunmen take hostages. Internal strife plagues nations. Government officials are being criticized. What is the underlying cause of all its unrest?

A student in Wales offers an answer to this question. In replying to a statement that the laboring man was responsible for the economic crisis in Great Britain, she said, “No, it’s not just the workers. They get the blame day after day, but others are at fault as well. Everyone is out for himself – the employee, the manager, the politician. The whole world is one big selfish mess!

Isn’t this exactly what the Bible teaches? The reason for family quarrels, neighborhood feuds, strife between labor and management, and war among nations is the inherent greediness of human beings. Since everybody is seeking his own interests, sooner or later he comes into conflict with the selfish desires of others. Society will show little improvement until individuals experience a change of heart.

Friend, if you are not a Christian, you are a sinner looking out for number one. Acknowledge your selfishness, believe that Christ died for your sins, and accept Him as your personal Savior, He will not only forgive you, but He will also give you His Spirit, who will enable you to love God and your neighbor as yourself. Be part of the cure for this world’s sad condition instead of a contributing cause to “one big selfish mess.” – Herbert Vander Lugt

Instead of greed for worldly gain

And love that selfish would remain,

Christ’s grace to you can now impart

An open hand, a giving heart! – H. G. Bosch

There are only two kinds of people: those who are part of the problem, and those who are part of the solution.

  • April 2, 1987, Our Daily Bread
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