Focal Passage: Genesis 13:1-18
Funeral services can include music that ranges from the most worshipful to the most bizarre. I have often wondered why “My Way” has been such a popular funeral song. I think people choose it because of its “final curtain” lyrics, without thinking about its overall message. If God allows such a thing, it must be the theme song in hell, the final destination of all people who seek their own way and ignore God’s plan.
Every Christian’s life and witness can be summarized as either self-preservation or self-sacrifice.
Our chosen mode of operation will be demonstrated at home, at work and even at church. Do you run the house for your good or the good of others? Do you seek to serve others at work or do you manipulate things for the sake of self-promotion? Do you choose a church because it caters to your complaints and felt needs, or do you seek to worship God and give yourself in His service?
Even though Abram outranked Lot, he allowed him to choose the land to pasture his flocks. Abram could have said “Deal with it!” but he chose to be gracious instead. As Paul instructed the Philippians to look out for the needs of others, he set before them the perfect example of Jesus (Philippians 2). Because of His love for us, Jesus humbled Himself to death.
How will we as the righteousness of Christ respond to others? If we want to demonstrate true Christian humility and submission we must be willing to compromise on non-biblical matters. Failure to do so reveals a selfishness that is typical of modern American society, which produces unreasonable parents, rebellious teenagers and dishonest employees. This “my way or the highway” attitude quickly heads to church, causing us to erroneously conclude that every sermon, ministry and music style must meet our expectations. How can Jesus be exalted in our lives when our personal satisfaction is based on our desires instead of His? May God teach us to love His glory more than our preference!