Most people are concerned about their own interests, and it is hard for any of us to think much beyond them.
I remember one pastor had a plaque on his desk with a saying on it, “People are not against you. They are for themselves.”
As the Apostle Paul thought about the churches he had planted, he lamented, “Everyone looks out for his own interests, and not the interests of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 2:21).
Isn’t this true? How many of us are really able to think beyond our own prosperity and comfort? How many of us can sacrifice for a cause that is truly bigger than ourselves?
As a Pastor, I need to ask this, too. Would I care about the prosperity of the church I serve if I was not its Pastor? How much do I care about church in general? Do I participate in church activities when I’m not being paid?
If we’re honest, as Pastors, a lot of our interest in church is more self-interest than we realize.
Truly, everyone looks out for his own interests and not the interests of Jesus Christ.
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