~Love without conditions, give without expecting anything in return and love your neighbor as yourself. Die daily, and give all glory to God for all of it ~
Do you see it? Do you see people, mostly women, taking selfies of themselves and posting them to social media? Do we see this as an issue? Maybe an issue that does not need addressed from a scriptural perspective.? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
Selfie. What is the root word here? Self. By putting selfies on social media are we wanting to make much of ourselves? Or much of Christ and our calling as a wife and mother? Are we wanting to portray ourselves as provocative and alluring? I am only asking because some of these selfies can be very provocative and alluring. Or are we being highly aware that all of our lives are to be lived out before the Face of God (Coram Deo)?
And if, being provocative and alluring is the motive, why would Christian women want to portray themselves in such a light, to the world? Some have suggested low self-esteem, and I would have to resoundingly respond, with a, no. If anything, a selfie or making much of one’s self, is rooted in too much “self” esteem. Thinking too highly of oneself. Aren’t we wanting to say essentially “look at me”? And then anxiously wait for the responses. Or lack of response. And depending on which way the responses and “likes” to go, so will our day.
Are we not a blood bought woman of God, a daughter of the Most High? In comments on a picture of yourself, you may find much positive flatter, but we don’t want to define ourselves by empty, vain flattery? Do We? There is no redemption in ourselves, no peace that we can extract from others and their flattery of us. Rather, flattery in all of its glory, is walking in the flesh.It is momentary and fleeting.It is when we are feeding the flesh we are not walking in the Spirit. When we are not walking in the Spirit, we will be easily tossed to and fro, easily enticed by the things of this world.
In our walk with the Lord, is our goal to glorify God and make much of Him or put the spotlight on ourselves?
How do we be selfless women of God in a world that looks out for self, first? Being a selfless, godly woman is foolishness to a world that destroys their children by abortion, calling it a right? Self is worshipped in the murder of a preborn children. Saying “myself, trumps your little self” Then turns around and says a woman that serves her husband and children, are slaves.It doesn’t really makes sense , does it? Killing one’s baby is “freedom” and loving your husband and raising up godly seed it “slavery” We do live in a world that is calling good, evil and evil, good.
We are taught by scripture to put others before ourselves, to serve our God, husband and children. All while doing this, expecting nothing in return. Gasp. Nothing. This is foolishness to the world.
This message is a hard pill to swallow for the world, and for many that call themselves, Christians. We have the secular and the sacred, right? We keep our Christianity to our “Christian friends and in the church building”. “We don’t want to make our secular friends feel that we are weird or anything, if they bring it up, that is when I have permission to talk about my faith”
How far have me moved away from biblical teaching when we listen to our own worldly opinions over the actual Word of God? How worldly have we become when we defend the worlds perspective over God’s Word? Our opinon and feelings do not trump Gods Word. Not at all. But we can sometimes act in such a way, can’t we?
To be selfless in a very selfish world, that seeks to glorify Self instead of God, we start with the very definition of selfless. Our Lord is where we look ,when we want to know how we are to be selfless, in a selfie world.
He laid down His life- Selfless
He washed His disciple feet- Selfless
He went to a Cross for mockers such as us- Selfless
He clothed us in His righteousness, over our filthy rags-Selfless
He calls us to love our neighbor -Selfless
He calls us to lay down our lives-Selfless
He calls us to serve -Selfless
He calls us to be hated for His sake, because He was hated first-Selfless
He calls us to love and respect our husbands -Selfless
He calls us to love our children-Selfless
Never once will you find in scripture to put yourself first. We don’t have an issue with loving ourselves, it is our very nature. It’s loving others and putting them first is where we have the struggle. Looking too much at self, takes our eyes away from the Selfless One, Christ. This is the lie of the evil one. He pulls at us and says, “Did God really say”? and we should stand boldly and respond with “Thus says the Lord”
Things to think about:
- Where is your worth found? In yourself or in Christ?
- Do you struggle with putting others before yourself?
- Looking upon Christ and what He did for us selflessly, can help us to die to ourselves every day. Humbled and grateful.
- Look away from self, to others. To their needs, suffering and need for encouragment
- When we serve others, as to the Lord, our investment is of internal and eternal worth. No amount of “positive comments and likes” can come close to the peace and contemned found in our Savior.
Philippians 2:3-10 (ESV)
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,