Why Do We Do These Things?

In the last couple days, I have seen, known of, or read about several incredible acts of selfishness. Why do we do these things? Do we value the lives of other people so little? Do we believe that no one else matters but ourselves?

You cannot see any kind of news from any source that does include descriptions and reports of people and their acts of selfishness; murder, robbery, suicide, assault, greed, etc. When did we become a people that says, “My life, my desires, my plans are important and no one else matters?” When did we become so self-obsessed? When did we become so inconsiderate? Why do we do these things?

One act was at the gym where I exercise (Yes, I do exercise. This is new for me). The gym has lockers that you can program with numbers to lock so you do not need to bring a padlock of your own. It is very convenient. It does, however, cause problems if something slips on the combination before you lock it. I have not been able to open my locker a couple times and needed their help. A man had that very problem today. Due to circumstances, there were no male attendants on duty yet. The man who was locked out of his locker asked every guy to step out of the locker for a minute while a female attendant came in to unlock his locker. It would literally take less than 30 seconds. One guy refused until after he had showered and dressed. I needed to shower too, but was willing to wait. So this poor guy, and the rest of us, had to wait until the selfish gentleman was all done. Thankfully a male attendant came in a bit early and remedied the situation. I know the man who showered did not have such a tight schedule he could have afforded 30 seconds of common courtesy. Even the President can afford 30 seconds in his schedule for human decency. Why do we do these things?

In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren emphasizes the point, “It’s not about you.” John Ortberg, in his book, When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box, says, “God and people matter.” We have to remember these truths.  It is not about us. It is about God and other people.

Paul, in Romans 12, summarizes what I am talking about when he says,  “For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.

So show some honor to others this week. Join me in praying that more people will take these words to heart. Comment below and let me know what you think.


Pastor Todd

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3 Responses to Why Do We Do These Things?

  1. Kay Pierce says:

    Here’s something I’ve been pondering, after a discussion with a coworker: Matthew 22
    37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    The opposite of the second is to love yourself more than others. The opposite of the first is to love someone else more than God- either yourself or someone of your choosing.

    Since all the law hangs on these two – does it mean that the root of all sin is selfishness? It would explain how babies are born as sinners – afterall their first words are usually “no” and “mine”.

    What’s your thoughts on this?

    • pastortodd says:

      I am not sure I would say it like that since Paul said that the love of money is the root of all evil, however, selfishness is usually the motivating factor behind the love of money. There is a lot of truth to what you say though.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    So if what you’re saying is true, then the love of money is the root of all evil and therefore, all sin? That doesn’t explain then why sin crept into the human condition in Genesis 3 before money was even around. You should know from your study of Greek that the verse 1 Timothy 6:10 is more accurately translated “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The exegesis then is that the love of money can be a root of many different sinful behaviors, but that verse is NOT teaching that the love of money is the root of ALL sinful behaviors.

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