But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. Romans 2:8
Throughout this world people are always told that they can have what they want if they work for it. They are told that they can be the best at whatever they do. People are to dream and go for their dreams.
In some countries it is expected that a person will have their own house, car and have a large bank account. If they don’t have those things, they have failed in life.
People get offended very quickly when they do not get what they want. The things that they want can be physical, but it can also be non-physical things. Non-physical things are praise, recognition, position, power, authority, and more.
It is often said that life is all about self, what can self get, or be. They are to look out for ‘old number one’. People will step on others and cut them down in order to look good or to build themselves up. It is all about self.
Paul says that God looks at that as being wrong. People who are self-seeking, all about self, will have trouble in the future. God is holding out for wrath and anger for those who are self-seeking.
Being self-seeking goes against God. God was not self-seeking when He sent Jesus to die on the cross. Jesus was sent for people who had rejected God. Jesus died on the cross so that people could have eternal life.
When a person is self-seeking, he is rejecting the truth of God. God wants all people to be filled with His love, which is not self-seeking, but seeking the good of others.
At times, some believers, get to be selfish. They are offended at the actions of others. They refuse to spread the gospel message and keep it to themselves.
Take a look at your own life and ask yourself if you are being selfish. Do you fight for your own way? Or are you looking out for others?
Do not store up God’s wrath against you, because you have chosen to be selfish and all about self. Seek to build others up and put them before yourself in this life. Put God first, others second, and yourself last. As you do that you honor what God has done for you in Jesus.
I pray today that God will show you what He has done for you; that God will show you ways to build others up; that you will serve God and others above yourself; and that you will not be selfish and against God.