Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Love... Is Not Self-Seeking
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Life as a ransom for many.
Mark 10:45 (NIV)
Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.'
Matthew 16:24 (NASB)
Me-Me-Me is a theme song of the 21st century: sung and spun in countless ways with defiant devotion.

Once upon a time in America, our Me fixation was a We fixation: a declaration of freedom from political tyranny. Thomas Jefferson penned it:

'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.'

It's a beautiful vision, where citizens pursue their individual and national aspirations.

But unless the pursuit of happiness is founded on God... lasting joy is impossible to catch. We may think we've caught it with a cool drink, great date, new car, dream job or grand home. But soon, the thrill is gone.

Bottom line: Self-seeking (a.k.a. self-gratification or selfishness) stunts love. Every selfish act is like a spray of Round-Up, weakening our hearts.

Top line: God-seeking (a.k.a. self-control or selflessness) grows love. Every loving act is like an aroma of Christ, strengthening many hearts, including our own.

## Love Series: Love Is Not Self-Seeking (Part 15)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Love series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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