It Is Not About Me
by Zach Martin, Set Me Free Ministries Tech Team
As I sat in church this morning realizing that the message had to be directed at me, I felt led to write this blog.
I have always convinced myself that I am not a selfish person. In fact, I feel that I am the go-to guy for a lot of people when a hand is needed. But when it comes to being a good Christian, I have come to the realization that I am extremely selfish. A friend of mine told me last night that I was one of the nicest people she knew and that she regretted the mean things she had done and said to people. I, of course, denied that I was all that nice, but I felt happy to hear her say that.
We then got on the topic of church, and I suggested she should visit mine. She seemed taken a back by it, so I was quick to convey that I was not preaching but merely stating what a nice church I went to. There was a pause, and she replied, “Well, I think I need something.” The conversation ended, and I didn’t give it much thought until I was at church and the topic was “It’s not about me.” What an opportunity I had to bring a person in desperate need of God to Him. I was being selfish.
I have been blessed with a wonderful family and wonderful friends. I have always thought that to be a good Christian was to just live right, be nice, and accept Christ. I have never thought that it was my place to bring people to God. I have made many mistakes and made many poor choices. Why would anyone want me sharing my faith with them? Selfish.
A year ago I was in the worst place in my life both emotionally and mentally. I had so much hate and regret that I thought that I couldn’t deal with it. I had sunk pretty low. I was definitely being a very selfish person. A year later I feel wonderful, and I owe it all to God. Why wouldn’t I want that for everyone?! I go to church most of the time, and I try to live right, but I want to get rid of that selfish feeling. I want that faith and drive toward Christ that I see in Joy and Stephanie. I don’t want to waste those opportunities to bring people to Christ any more. It is ALL about God.