Selfies of the Gospel

As the culture around us continues to become more and more stuck on self (and I’m talking pictures here), the gospel calls us to have a different frame of reference.

A lot of selfies are taken to show where we have been, but the gospel calls us to deny our self and focus on where we are going:

  • Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

A lot selfies are taken to build up egos, but the gospel calls us to humble our self and to allow God to do the building up:

  • And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

A lot of selfies are taken as solo shots, but the gospel calls us to include others by loving our neighbor as our self:

  • So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:32-33)

A lot of selfies attempt to show how we’re better than others, but the gospel calls us to be more concerned with our own weaknesses before we critique others:

  • Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)

So the question is, what are others seeing when we take a spiritual selfie? EA

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3 comments

  1. Though I am prone to introspection, I don’t think I even like to take inventory of myself too much. One of my prayers is that God would shine the light of his judgment on me. I try to keep my eyes on Him and not myself, so that when that light gets shone, it’s His shining, not my naval gazing :p

    1. Interesting way of putting it, Esther.

      I suppose at the end of the day we can and will fail to see the bigger picture if we’re too busy looking at things through a straw, but none-the-less, honest self-inspection is a must for those who are looking to grow, spiritually speaking (2 Corinthians 13:5; James 1:22-25)

      Appreciate the comment.

      And by the way, hello.

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