Because we are inundated by the selfie mindset, it’s only natural that this phenomenon would creep into the Church.
Am I calling you out if you’ve ever taken a selfie? Absolutely not.
There is nothing wrong with taking a picture of yourself and posting it online for the world to see (so long as you are clothed and in your right mind). It’s the underlying attitude behind that post that can get us into trouble.
Self & Flesh
Self is always the hardest thing to crucify. Add an “H” and spell self backward and you have “flesh.”
The Apostle Paul continually warned against catering to the flesh. Paul wrote in Galatians 5:17, “the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh.” In our day and age, this verse rings even truer.
The spirit wants the things of God. The Kingdom mindset is a spiritual mindset. God desires for us to focus on what He wants. However, since we live in flesh and we constantly desire whatever gratifies the flesh.
Grace gives us the power to crucify the flesh with its affections and lusts (Galatians 5:24).
Yes, it’s a battle to deny self. There’s enmity between flesh and spirit (Romans 8:7). That literally means there’s hatred between your natural fleshy self and the new man God created you to be. The flesh wants the exact opposite of kingdom. It’s a battle, but grace wins. And grace causes you to win.
A kingdom-focus will bring the needs of others into view. Consequently, when our view is focused on the kingdom, we will care much less about self and much about others.
Finally, yield to God. Allow His grace to work freely in your life on a daily, ongoing basis to stay Kingdom-focused in this selfie generation.