Guarding the Interests of Others

Under pressure, half-selfish always defaults to selfish. Instead of being half-selfish, guard the interests of others. Do as the Bible instructs and put other’s interests before your own. Serve people selflessly and lovingly. Find inspiration from the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3-11.

To become selfless, seek God’s help and tap into the power of the Holy Spirit. Walk the path of “dying to self.”

Half-Selfish

“Half-selfish” is when we’re all about getting what we want and fulfilling our own selfish desires, but we need someone else’s help to make things happen. It’s selfishness wrapped up in a pretty package to make it appear as though it’s something else. We might want to be about others, but we’re still all about ourselves. Jesus’ disciples understood this tension all too well.

 

We Can’t See Our Own Selfishness

The Bible teaches us in Matthew 20:28 that “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We admire that kind of selflessness in Jesus and the people around us. We just don’t want to live that way ourselves! The truth is we want others to live selflessly so we can continue to live selfishly.

Often, we can’t even see our own selfishness because we’re so blinded by the wounds inflicted upon us by someone else’s selfishness.

 

What Practices Can Help Get Us Through A Spiritually Empty Season?

When you’re in a spiritually empty season, remember that God is still at work. Sometimes He takes a step back so you can advance two steps closer. During these times, you’ll grow your heart for God and you’ll grow your strength for seeking Him.

Learn to pine for the Lord in your spiritual winter and you’ll gain new insight in your spiritual spring.

How Do We Stay Connected With Jesus?

People commonly believe that a faith-filled life means living in a constant state of spiritual high. That’s just not true. Every Christian will go through seasons of abundance and seasons of depletion – seasons of mountaintop experiences with God and seasons of wandering through life’s valleys.

Ask yourself if there’s sin in your life blocking your connection with God, and if you’re truly seeking Him. If there’s no sin and you’re faithfully seeking Him, your spiritual dry-spell is probably just a season.

(Bonus) How Do We Revitalize and Grow Our Spirituality?

There are principles we can apply to grow close to God and press into our relationship. Recognize that every believer has times in their walk when things feel more “dry” – this doesn’t mean God loves you any less or that your salvation is at risk. God may be allowing our faith wells to “dry up” to push us into deeper relationship with Him.

First, it’s important to vary the ways you encounter God to discover new dimensions about who He is.

Second, in order to grow this relationship – as you would any other relationship – you must invest time and effort. When you continue to pursue God, even when you don’t feel it emotionally, you are going deeper than you realize, because spending time listening to God is never wasted time. God’s word “will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

How Do We Raise Kids Spiritually When We Don’t Know the Bible Well?

Chances are, you know the Bible better than you think. Focus on the verses and stories you do know and engage your children faithfully. You may find that as you teach, you also learn, and you begin to crave more of God’s word.

Be sure to also set a culture for honoring faith and God’s commandments. How you live is equally important to what you teach. When you set aside a day for rest and demonstrate the life of a Christ-follower (through regular prayer, service, and giving, etc.), you’re teaching your kids to do the same.

(Bonus) How Should We Talk With Kids About Evolution?

The world has taught us that a scientist who is an atheist has no agenda, while a Christian scientist has one. That’s not true. God gave us science to uncover clues that point to Him. As a parent, you should talk about these issues with your kids so they understand where you stand. We should focus on solving the issue of evolution for our children, not for the rest of the world.

PK uses the Genesis Apologetics app to guide him through conversations on issues like evolution, age of the earth, and other questions.