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Be selfish, that’s an odd thing for a Christian to say, isn’t it? Selfish means, “concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure.”  That’s sure to rankle some in the context of faith, but the words “personal profit” are really key there. You and your soul actually profiting from your faith.

I say that because some people spend years in church going through the motions and never think to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s not personal and it profits them nothing.

Some people hear the words, “it is better to give then to receive,” and never think that actually you must first learn to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. If you do not receive Him, you are just an empty cup with nothing really to give.

Jesus Christ washed His disciples feet for a reason. “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

I say be selfish because once you create and build an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, you will be so busy celebrating all the things God has been teaching you, that you won’t have time to attack other Christians and accuse them of doing their own relationship all wrong.

There’s simply no other way to say it, one’s faith must be related in some way to one’s own personal profit or pleasure. Think about it. Are you serving a majestic God who has redeemed you, invited you into an intimate relationship with Him, offered to share His wisdom, granted you His protection, and life everlasting? If so, you have gained the riches of the whole world and are now in a personal relationship, one that profits and pleases you immensely.

It’s awkward, uncomfortable being selfish, profiting so greatly, indebted, having received far more than you can ever give back, but that’s kind of the whole point of grace. We are like hungry children, lapping up milk we did not pay for. To not accept the reality of our own selfishness is to not receive our Father’s love for us.

Imagine of I looked at my husband and said, Alas I must suffer this vale of tears, this endless sacrifice that profits me nothing, that gives me no pleasure….

Be selfish. Invest in your relationship. Treat it like a great adventure or a grand love affair. Yes, love is painful sometimes, life is hard, there is suffering in the offering. No, one should not be selfish towards others nor a hedonist in the endless pursuit of personal pleasure, but one really should selfishly guard their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Breaks my heart to run into people who believe they serve a distant, cruel God who does not love them personally. And sure enough, people like that can’t love me either. Be selfish for the sake of  those around you.