The Selfless God
The other day as I was sitting before the Lord, I felt like I heard him say these words, “Richard, I am the Most Selfless Being.” This caught me completely off guard because I have never thought of God as being selfless.
We do not normally think of God as being selfless because we do not see Him as He is but we see Him from our human perspective. And because we as humans tend to be self-centered and clamor for platforms, microphones and spotlights, when we hear him say things like, “You shall have no other gods before me,” we think it’s because He’s self-centered, egotistical and insecure. The truth of the matter is, it has nothing to do with Him and how He thinks about Himself, but it has everything to do with us and what He thinks about us.
He wants us to enjoy the fullness of life and He knows that the only way that will happen is if we are devoted only to Him. He is the only source of life, joy, peace and fullness and He knows that if we go to other gods we will only be disappointed and left empty.
Jesus came to earth for several purposes but one of the main purposes was to show us the Father and what God was really like. He also wanted to leave an example for us to follow. He wanted us to become like Him. He wanted to restore us to His likeness. When Jesus came, He emptied Himself of His Godly attributes such as omniscience, omnipotence and omnipresence. However, He did not empty Himself of His character. He did not change who He was. If He had changed His character or His nature, He would not have been able to reveal to us what His Father was like. So, the Jesus we see in the flesh is the same Jesus that always was and always will be.
One of His main messages was to deny yourself, take up the cross and follow Him. If Jesus wanted us to become like Him and His main message was for us to deny ourselves then He would be a hypocritical God if He were not willing to do the same. And Jesus did do that. He was constantly denying Himself.
Paul made it clear that even though Jesus was God, He willingly became a man. Not only did He become a man, but He was willing to be born a bastard. Paul wrote to the church of Philippi that Jesus was willing to make Himself nothing. I find it ironic that Jesus wanted to make Himself nothing and yet we always want to make ourselves something. We do not realize the moment we become something we disqualify ourselves from being used by God. This is because God specializes in using “nothings” for His purpose.
Have you ever had to make a phone call and minister to someone whom you knew did not like you? If at all possible you would pass the task on to somebody else or find reasons not to make the phone call. You have to deny yourself in order to pick up the phone and reach out to them in love. Likewise, do you think that Jesus was surprised when He came to earth and then found that man rejected him? The obvious answer is no. He knew before He left heaven that He was going to be rejected by man! But He joyfully came anyway. Why? Because it’s not about Him, it’s about you and me. He is the most selfless, loving God!
The Bible describes God as love. What is love? Love is the most selfless expression known to man. Love is when someone denies him or herself and gives him or herself to someone else. Love is esteeming others better than yourself.
When we can begin to see that God is selfless in nature and when we can understand that He has called us to become like Him, it will change the whole way we do life. We will no longer live for ourselves but we will give ourselves to others and to the greater cause of Christ.
You are never more like Christ then when you have forgotten completely about yourself and given yourself away to meet the needs of others. Ironically that is also when you are the most fulfilled and alive!
Isn’t this what Jesus was trying to teach us when he said, “He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it?” Mt 10:39
How would the church look differently if we each were more selfless like Jesus in our day to day life?