Tuesday, December 5 – Genesis 38:11
Then Judah said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Remain a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up”; for he thought, “I am afraid that he too may die like his brothers.” So Tamar went and lived in her father’s house.
You’ve likely heard the encouragement to “look out for number one.” We use this phrase and many others to communicate the need to look out for ourselves first and foremost. We do this for many reasons, sometimes for selfish gain but also sometimes as self-preservation. All the people around Tamar who were supposed to protect her, cherish her, and care for her only looked out for themselves. Looking out for ourselves causes fallout all around us. We may think our actions only affect us, but they affect every area of our lives. Tamar was a casualty of the selfishness of those around her. She suffered the consequences for their actions, living in the lowest of society, with no legacy to leave and no hope in sight.
Sin is an infectious disease, and the cost is terminal. On our own power, we are always bound by our selfish ambitions, only seeing the world for our own gain. Yet, in Christ there is hope. When Christ dwells in us, we take on His mindset, and we can look to the interests of others because He has filled us and satisfied our souls. Second Corinthians 5:14-15 says, “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf.” No longer do we have to live for ourselves, looking out for number one. Now we can look to the One to satisfy our soul and lead us to love others as He loves us.
- Where are you most prone to turn inward and “look out for number one”?
- How can you rely on Jesus to resist this way of thinking?
- Pray and repent for the selfishness in your heart. Ask God to help Christ’s love control you every day.