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If your conscience is not seared, you will be bothered by our obsession with self in this age. It's loud everywhere. Self-Obsession is just a modern day cry of wanting independence from God. Are we not self-obsessed when we can do things to get whatever we want regardless of whether it pleases God or not? Are we not self-obsessed when the needs of the next person matters less to us? The result is what we see all around us; the whole fabric of our society is woven with selfishness.
Many are gods to themselves. They live, eat and breath self. That attitude of self-exaltation and self-worship is what caused our first parents to fall:
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5).That voice that suggested independence from God is still suggesting independence from God in our times. With this, it's crucial believers be on the guard not to get caught up in the self-exaltation going on around us. We have a mandate to act differently. We are the light of the world. We don't have to fall into the mould of the world.
We were created to serve, worship and exalt God, not self and material things. We are not here to please ourselves. We are not here on a self-pleasing trip. Everything we do on earth must have only one seal of approval: The Glory of God. We are on earth on His assignment. We are here on His errand. His glory. His joy. His purposes. His agenda. His plans. Everything in the end is to His glory. We are here to give glory to his name.
This life is more than us. It is more than our dreams and visions. It’s more than the things we want to achieve for ourselves. There's a bigger agenda, and that agenda is the glory of God. If we make The Glory of God our priority, we truly will be the light of the world despite the loud cry of self-obsession around us