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I suppose we’ve all spoken the hypocritical words “I’m doing this for you” when in reality we were doing “this” with a selfish motive.

It’s called having a contract mentality.

It’s the idea of doing something for another because we want something from them.

Whatever we give up at such moments is not a sacrifice but instead an investment, an expenditure in pursuit of something better for ourselves.

We give up time for a cause because we want more business networking contacts and more opportunities for sales.

We help a boss in the parking lot when his or her car won’t start, not because we’re incredibly nice but instead because we want them to remember our efforts when our annual review comes up in a few weeks.

We go out of our way to say nice things — affirming things — to a member of the opposite sex because we know his or her marriage is on the rocks and we want to be in a position later to perhaps say romantic things. That’s presuming, of course, that we’re single.

Listen, it’s ungodly to depict ourselves as sacrificing for another if we’re actually, intentionally investing in something for ourselves.

Single people shouldn’t make a church attendance choice based on where they think they’re most likely to find a cute, godly spouse.

Business owners shouldn’t make a church attendance choice based on where there are more prospective customers.

Pastors should not make resume-submission choices to churches based on how selection to that ministry might pave the way for a bigger, more notable ministry at another church in a few years.

We’ve all fallen when it comes to impure motives and the work of the Kingdom.

We’ve all tried to lump selfish and sacrifice together.

Let’s embrace more consistently the teaching of King David given in 2 Samuel 24:24 after his major sin of finding peace in the number of his soldiers rather than in the power of God.

Stirred to buy a place for a plague-ending sacrifice (read
the full story here)
, David sought to pay for a plot of land to set up an altar.

The owner wanted to donate it, but David refused.

“No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.”

Show your faith, my friend.

Sow your seed.

Not for your garden, but for the Lord’s.

It’s the right thing to do.

As always, I love you
Martin

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