Yesterday we discussed self-centeredness. Today we are going to look at how a person gets to the point of being self-centered. I don't think any of us wake up and say, "I am going to be self-centered today". But over time, foolish habits can lead to a foolish way of life.
When someone is wicked, what is their agenda? Self-promotion. Self this. Self that. Anything to make themselves feel better. Verses 3-5 points to these selfish roots of wickedness but the clue is in verse 4. Do you see it? It's the heart. When our hearts are full of God's love it gushes out in an ever-flowing stream. We become uplifting to others. Our attention is brought away from ourselves and our focus is on others.
A couple of warnings here: Just because someone is actively involved in serving, it doesn't mean that they are not self-serving. There are plenty of modern day Pharisees. Also, some people are self-absorbed without meaning to be. Perhaps a past hurt has made them this way. They need time to heal and time to be lovingly shown how to move on so they can become active members of the body again. (Kind of reminds me of having a broken arm.) Of course, once the arm is healed, it is time to use it again. No wallowing around in self-pity.
Final thoughts for self examination:
1) Does God's love flow---no, rather does it gush out of you?
2) Do you have Pharisee-like tendencies at times? Do you serve for YOU or for Others?
3) If you need to be healed, seek out what you need. If you are healed, then are you hanging onto that self pity instead of being an active member of the body?