September 23, 2023

Self-Centered

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.”—2 Timothy 3:1–2

Paul warned Timothy about trends that would become dominant during “the last days.” Leading this list was a prophecy that “men will be lovers of themselves.”

We might wonder what is so bad about loving ourselves. The problem is that this easily turns into being self-centered. Instead of worshiping God, we focus on ourselves. Instead of obeying His Word, we follow popular ideas that ultimately don’t work. Instead of seeking His wisdom and understanding, we choose ideas that seem right to our flawed minds.

Instead of obeying God, we can find ourselves doing whatever we want. We forget that He is our Creator and knows everything about us. We can forget that He has seen the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10) and can help us avoid mistakes and do the things that will lead to blessing and success.

Remember the dangers of being self-centered or thinking that you understand the best course of action. Realize that God truly desires the best for you. He has given you His Word to help you, and His Word is true. He can provide clear direction and lead you away from pitfalls and traps.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you are smarter than God. Pray and seek His direction. Submit your life to Him. Seek to be humble in His sight. Constantly live according to His principles, ever on guard against the dangers of being self-centered.

Reflection Question: Compose a prayer of self-surrender to God.

Prayer
Father, I surrender my life to You and humble myself before You. Keep me from being self-centered. I trust You to guide me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 3

Prayer
Father, I surrender my life to You and humble myself before You. Keep me from being self-centered. I trust You to guide me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
2 Timothy 3