Selfishness is not learned behavior, we are born with it. But when we accept Jesus as our Savior, He comes to live in our spirit, and if we allow that renewed part of us to rule our decisions, then we can overcome the selfishness. It doesn’t go away, but the Greater One who lives in us helps us overcome it daily (see Galatians 5:16).
Now, I haven’t overcome selfishness entirely, and I doubt anyone else has either. Even the apostle Paul, one of the greatest Christians who ever lived, had trouble overcoming selfishness. Learning to live unselfishly was a journey for him, just like everybody else. He said that he had to “die to self” every single day.
We are called to the same life. It may be hard, but we cannot live selfish lives and expect to make a difference. We must die to self every single day. That may sound difficult, but when you live with the life of Jesus inside you, He can renew you and help you live the unselfish life.
Prayer Starter: Lord, I’m not perfect, but I know that like Paul, I can die to self every day. With Your life inside of me, I know that I can overcome selfishness.
—from Joyce Meyer daily devotional