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Daddy, Can We Get A Puppy?

Selfishness Desires Self-deceived

Source: "God Looks at the Heart: A Study of First Samuel," FLEX Adult Bible Study Curriculum by Glenn Newton

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Contributed By: Glenn Newton | Date Posted: 2016-03-21

Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:

Author: Glenn Newton
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ILLUSTRATION

If you are a parent, you’ve heard these words before: “Mommy, Daddy, can we get a puppy?” And, if you are smart, you responded with the following: “You know puppies are a lot of trouble. You would have to walk it at least three times a day and make sure it is fed. You would have to bathe it at least twice a week and brush it every day. You would also have to train it and take it outside to use the bathroom. And if it ever poo-poo’s or tee-tee’s in the house, it would be your responsibility to clean it up.”

Although the above lecture is normally used as a doggie deterrent, most children respond by saying, “I don’t care. I wouldn’t mind doing all that as long as I had a puppy!” So we break down and buy the puppy, and a month later we are stuck feeding, walking and cleaning up after it. The exasperated child says, “I just didn’t know how much work it would be!”

APPLICATION

In chapter 8 of I Samuel, we find an aging Samuel and a demanding Israelite nation that was much like a child demanding a puppy of his parents. But instead of a puppy, Israel was demanding a king. Samuel attempted to warn them. Paraphrased, he said, “You know kings are a lot of trouble. He will take your sons and turn them into soldiers. He will take your daughters and make them cook for him. And much of the food they will be cooking will be food he has taken from you. Also, if he wants to, he will take your servants and animals and make them his. He will treat you so badly that it will make you cry out in regret.”  

Yet just like a child wanting a puppy, they replied, “We don’t care. We wouldn’t mind all that as long as we had a king.” Although Samuel couldn’t have made it any clearer, they could not see through their own selfishness to the negative result that would come from their request. The fact is that when we are being completely selfish, no amount of good reasoning will help us see things differently. We become blinded by our own desires.

The difficult thing about a heart of selfishness is that it is hard to detect. We think we are being reasonable, justified, or even optimistic, when in reality we are blinded by our own wants.

The Sin of the Desert

Selfishness Compassion Witness

Source: Jay Strack, Revolution: Effective Campus and Personal Evangelism, 22

Contributed By: David MIlls | Date Posted: 2014-07-03

Scripture: Isaiah 41:17 ; 2 Kings 7:9

Author: Jay Strack
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ILLUSTRATION

Bedouins in Israel still live in tents as ancient peoples such as Abraham used to live. An old saying among them concerns water and the horrible practice of failing to identify it for other's use in the future. They say, "The great sin of the desert is knowing where to find water and failing to tell others." 

APPLICATION

We live in a spiritually dry and thirsty world. We know that the world can find grace in the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us not sin against them by failing to tell them. 

"Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace" (2 Kings 7:9).

"The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the LORD will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them" (Isaiah 41:17).

"But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life" (John 4:14).

Tie Mom Up for Mother's Day

Motherhood Honor Selfishness

Source: Mother's Day Central

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-07

Scripture: Revelation 5:12

Author: Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

 
Mother's Day—or some form of it—is now widely celebrated in over seventy countries around the world, as summarized by a popular Mother’s Day website:
 
While the United States’ version of Mother’s Day — the version most widely exported to the rest of the world — has secular humanist roots followed up by extensive commercialization, many countries regardless of this Western trend, continue to attach more symbolic and/or religious importance to their Mother’s Day celebrations.
 
In Spain for example, Mother’s Day takes place during the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th a day of veneration of the Virgin Mary, and by extension, all other mothers, as well. In Ethiopia the holiday is tied to seasons and agriculture, and in Yugoslavia it leads up to Christmas, commemorating the Motherhood of Christ.
 
And on these days, in these and other countries, the celebrations have included everything from the typical western traditions of giving flowers and chocolates, to serenading (in Mexico), and the bestowing of bronze, silver and gold medals for abundance of procreation (in post-World War I France, as motivation to repopulate following the devastation of the war).
 
In Ethiopia, mothers and daughters may be treated to a beauty ritual of slathering their faces and chests with butter.
 
But the Yugoslavian and Serbian traditions are particularly interesting. Theirs is a December celebration spread out over a series of three holidays leading up to Christmas. On the first, children are tied up (all in fun, folks!) until they make vows and promises of good behavior. On the second, the children have the opportunity to retaliate and tie up their mothers until they promise them goodies and treats. Finally, on the third, mom and kids unite to tie up dear old dad until he promises lavish gifts, which he usually doles out in the form of the family's Christmas presents.
 
In this tradition, Mother’s Day (and Children’s and Father’s Day, as well!) seem to be more about getting than giving and being honored rather than honoring—an interesting twist on a usually “other” centered holiday.

APPLICATION

If we’re honest, isn’t this the way we all-to-often choose to “honor” God?

Yes, we give him our lip service of praise and adoration, or bless him with our attendance at church or gifts in the tithe basket, all the while expecting that as a result of our devotion He’ll give us goodies and treats and lavish gifts. We "tie him up," so to speak, to see what we can get from Him.

Genuine honor and devotion is subverted by our selfish motivations. This is true whether we are seeking to honor our earthly mothers (and fathers) OR our Heavenly Father. He is worthy of our honor simply because of Who He is, not because of what gives us.
 
"Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:12).

Fat At Others' Expense

Church Health/Growth Selfishness Stewardship

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-30

Scripture: Philippians 2:4

Author: BBC News / Illustration Exchange
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Are You A Selfish Monkey

Selfishness Reliable Trustworthy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-03-19

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; James 3:14

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Who Do Hoarders Help?

Christlikeness Generosity Selfishness

Contributed By: Phil Booe | Date Posted: 2013-03-15

Scripture: Mark 10:45

Author: Phil Booe
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Hurry Up And Die

Aging Selfishness End Times

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-02-03

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1 ; Leviticus 19:32

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Cancer on the Body of Christ

Selfishness Spiritual Gifts Servanthood

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-01-26

Scripture: Luke 6:35

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Strike Takes a Bite Out of Hostess Twinkie

Stubbornness Selfishness Compromise (Give-and-Take)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-17

Scripture: Philippians 2:4

Author: Staff Writers, Fox News
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Don't Be A Pot Shot

Selfishness Ambition Disloyal

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-09-21

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Romans 2:8

Author: Webb Garrison
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