The Dictionary defines “Selfless” as, “having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish.” And that is exactly what we are to be as Christians. James 3:16 says, “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” There are many examples in the Bible where we are shown that we are to put others needs before our own and to help one another.
One example we are given of selflessness is assembling of ourselves. Heb 10:24 & 25 says concerning assembly, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” The Hebrew writer show us in this text that the simple assembling of ourselves is for the purpose of exhorting one another and to stir up love and good works, not for oneself, but for all.
Perhaps the best form of selflessness demonstrated for us is Christ Jesus. We are shown in the scriptures that he left his home in Heaven and came to this world and took on the form of mortal man. We are shown that he lived a perfect life for us, to be an example for us. But the biggest display of selflessness, to me, is shown through all the trials and tribulations he went through for us. His cruel death on the cross, as shown in the scriptures, shows us the true meaning of selflessness. There are several places to recount the crucifixion of Jesus, Matt 27:32-66, Mark 15:21-47 and Luke 23:26-56 to name a few. As we read these detailed descriptions of the gruesome things that Jesus had to suffer, we need to realize that he endured all of those things for us. He did those things so that he might fulfill God’s will and give us the hope of a home in Heaven and forgiveness of our sins. If not for the selflessness of Christ Jesus, then we would all be doomed to an eternity in Hell with no hope of forgiveness. We should all strive to be more selfless, and more Christ-like.
- Jordan Hopkins