Webster’s Dictionary defines selfish as “Regarding one's own interest chiefly or soley; influenced in actions by a view to private advantage.” God has no selfish qualities about Him. In fact, He cared so much about man’s good, that He gave all He had, His only Son! (John 3:16)
If you’re a believer you must die to selfishness! If you’re in the ministry, this ESPECIALLY applies to YOU! You are not God’s gift to the world, Jesus is. If you carry yourself as though everyone should serve you, you’ve missed the point of what Jesus did!
Do remember in John 13 when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples? He embodied humbleness and unselfishness. He put THEM first! If you aren't putting people first in your life, you’ll neglect the power of love. When you neglect Love, you neglect God, because God is love! (1 John 4:7)
Love has to motivate you. It’s the only thing that’s going to matter. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” What good is your life if you live for yourself.
What are you hopes and desires? Is it to get rich and famous? To amass hundreds and millions of dollars? To get 10,000 followers on social media? Or is it the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness? This is the one things that will allow God to promote you! He chooses those who are of one heart and mind with His. His mind is to save a lost and dying world. “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:16)