Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lovers of Self


Netizens are familiar with the word selfie, a photograph that one has taken of oneself with his own smartphone or webcam and uploaded to social media. 

Selfie was Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year 2013 because, according to Judy Pearsall, Editorial Director, " . . .  we can see a phenomenal upward trend in the use of selfie in 2013, and this helped to cement its selection as Word of the Year.”  
This leads us to ask, have we become lovers of self? If so, are we in the last days? 

In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NLT), Paul says, "You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred." 

This can only mean that loving oneself more than loving God can lead to disastrous results. That's why it is important for those who believe in the saving grace of Jesus to focus on whom to love first of all—the Messiah, who will free us from this self-loving world.  

Lord, teach me to love less of me, and more of you. Amen. 

 

4 comments:

Melanie Bottone said...

Great Post!

Grace D. Chong said...

Thank you, Melanie!

Yay Padua-Olmedo said...

"Selfie" has become the norm these days. Now we regard self-obsession as something OK and cute. How subtle of the enemy. Oh Lord, by your grace,keep us immune from the wiles of the world.

Grace D. Chong said...

Some don't even understand why Christians fuss over the fact that people are now "lovers of self." What's the big deal? they ask.