Paul writes that in the light of Christ’s death, he is insistent that Christians have no right to live selfishly. This biblical idea directly attacks the fabric of today’s culture. As you look at magazine titles with names such as People, Us, and Self, how can we not get caught up in this ego-centric school of thought? This is where the scripture comes in complete opposition of this concept as God proclaims a whole new creation in Christ. Selflessness is prized through a new covenant, a new perspective, a new body, and a new church. All of creation is being renewed.
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways could you encourage fellow Christians to counter society’s values? Do you think you would encounter any opposition?
2. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul writes that if anyone is in Christ they are a new creation: everything old has passed away, everything has become new. In what ways does your life reflect this new perspective?
Challenge: In your prayer time, ask God to reveal things in your life that are pursuing the world’s values rather than His. Ask for His strength and conviction to put God’s desires first and foremost in your life.
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