The Root Problem of A World of Disorder and Evil
It doesn’t take much of watching the news or browsing through social media before you hear of some story where someone has been killed, or there is some group opposing the other, or some other crime. Humility is a lost art and racial tensions are dividing our nation and our world. Let’s face it. Our world has become a despot of disorder and evil of every kind! James 3:16 explains why this occurs every single day. This verse says, “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” Jealousy. Selfish Ambition. Do you know what is at the root of jealousy and selfish ambition? ME. YOU. And the root problem of me and you, is SIN.
Living in an “It’s all about me” Society because Humility is a lost art
You see, our problem is that we have become a society of “it’s all about me.” We each think that our own rights are more important than someone else’s and if the other person doesn’t agree, then we become offended. We believe we are the only one that is right and everyone else is wrong but we never take the time to measure right and wrong against the truth of God’s Word….because if we did, we just might be convicted of our sin and have to change our thinking and our lifestyle. We would have to change how we treat others. And we’d have to change putting ourselves first and return to loving our neighbors.
The simple truth of the matter is we are a people full of pride and our world has lost the art of respecting others. Rather, we’re jealous of what other people have that we do not. We are selfish and only look out for ourselves rather than being charitable with what God has blessed us. And we’ve become a people of selfish ambition who will step on anyone who gets in our way, even to the point of dishonesty or even murder, if it gets us to our ambitions.
Many people only care about themselves and they could care less how their words and actions affect the world around them as long as they get what they want. Our world has become a society full of two-year-old toddlers who are all in the middle of the world’s biggest temper tantrum!
Bring Back Humility
Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love God with all our heart, soul, and strength. But the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. It takes great humility to love the unlovable – those who do not love us in return. It takes humility to love someone who is different than us or who had a different opinion than us. What we must remember is that Jesus loved us even while we were still sinners – so much so that He laid down His life in one of the most humbling ways ever – on a cross. If Jesus could humble himself for you and me, can we not find enough humility to love our neighbor as Jesus loved us?
What the Bible says about caring for others
It is time we get back to a lifestyle of humility and caring about others before ourselves. Here is what the Bible teaches:
- Luke 6:31 – Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.
- Leviticus 19:18 – Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself;
- John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another
- 1 John 4:20 – If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
- Philippians 2:3-4 – Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- 1 John 4:11 – Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
- Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
- 1 Peter 4:9 – Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.
The answer to hate, jealousy, and self-centeredness
Ultimately, the answer to such hate, jealousy, and self-centeredness is Christ. Although Christ is the answer, the world wants to blot Christ out. The more Christ is taken out of the world, the more freedom Satan has and the more our world sinks into the despot pool of sin of pride, jealousy, selfish ambitions, anger, racism, and hate. Satan would take humility and stamp it out because humility is a characteristic of Christ. He doesn’t want the world to see Christ. He wants the world mucking around in the despot pool of sin.
Christians, it’s time for us to fall on our knees and pray for a revival like this world has never seen before. Christ is the only answer to what the world needs. We can be silent no more! Yet our words need to be taken to God in prayer because He is the only one who can change the hearts of people.
Be the example of humility
We need to be living our lives as a beacon of hope to this lost world. Our words and actions should not be like the world’s, but should reflect and imitate our Savior. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The Bible also says, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16). Our words and our lives should be testimonies of our Savior so that those lost without Christ may know Him. That means leaving in humility and loving others as Christ loves them.
Take time today to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any jealousy or selfish ambitions within you. Ask Him to cultivate the attitude of humility that reflects the character of Christ to the world.
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