Removing Selfishness in the Heart

Written by: John Sernaque

Stewardship


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 9- The Voice of Consecration

Empty the Heart of Selfishness

God calls for what you owe Him in tithes and offerings. He calls for consecration in every line of His work. Act faithfully your part at your appointed post of duty. Work earnestly, remembering that Christ is by your side, planning, devising, and constructing for you. “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” Give cheerfully, gladly, willingly, thankful that you are able to do something to advance God’s kingdom in the world. Empty the heart of selfishness, and brace the mind for Christian activity. If you are in close connection with God, you will be willing to make any sacrifice to place eternal life within the reach of the perishing. {CS 48.5}


To become a Christian, one must give up sense of self and be willing to make sacrifices. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Christians ought to make any sacrifice needed to help souls from perishing. Christians fed daily with the bread of life can impart the Word of God to those who are unaware of the rich blessings available to them. To know Jesus, our great sin bearer. We must faithfully act our part in the work appointed to us. We are co-workers with Christ, and He is by our side every step of the way. Do what you are able to do in advancing God’s kingdom. Give cheerfully, gladly, willingly, thankful that you are able to do something.


Dear Lord,

We thank You for the opportunity to be able to do our part in the work so desperately needed in these last days. We pray that You will help us in helping those who are dying, the lost souls of this world. Help us prepare and be ready for Christian activity that we may abound to every good work. Please remove any selfish tendencies we are holding on to and let us exemplify Your selfless nature towards all our brethren. Fill our hearts with joy as we do our part in advancing Your kingdom in the world. Keep us faithful in our giving and stewardship, in the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.


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