We live in an it’s-all-about-me kind of world. We want our food fast and made our way with extra ketchup, double cheese and hold the pickle. We expect our coffee a certain way and heaven help the poor barista if she messes up our decaf, double shot, extra whip latte of the day. Because it’s all about us and we do not have the time for others to make mistakes.
Thanks to technology, we have instant access to news, entertainment, work information and anything else that may strike our fancy at the moment. With texting and social media, we can give our opinions and promote our agendas all day long. And we do.
Everyone has seen the bumper sticker that asks, “What if the hokey-pokey is really what it’s all about?” Though there is humor in that sentiment, there is another disturbing question we should be asking ourselves. What if it really isn’t all about us?
When did this happen – this obsession with self? Some would say it has gotten gradually worse over the years and it was not always so. But they would be wrong.
The disciples had been with Jesus all day long. They had witnessed miracles and heard the deep teachings of Christ. They walked side by side with Him and, as the day ended, they were busy arguing amongst themselves. What could they possibly be upset about?
An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. – Luke 9:46 ESV
They hear the very words of the Son of God. They witness the healing of disease and the driving out of demons. They walk by His side as He, again, tells them about His death. The Bible says that they did not understand what He was trying to say. Of course they didn’t. They were too busy focusing on themselves. Each of them wanted to be, not just great, but the greatest. Sounds quite a lot like today, doesn’t it?
We take a lot of pride in our fancy new car until the neighbor pulls in with one just a smidgeon fancier. We gloat about our corner office until we realize our co-worker has a slightly better view. We are no longer content to be the best that we can be. Now, we have to be the best of all. Bigger is always better and, yet, never big enough.
If we are not careful, we will sacrifice home, health and happiness on the altar of self-promotion. And, in the process, we will miss out on what God is trying to teach us because we will be so focused on looking out for number one.