Updated: Mar 16, 2020
We live in a culture that has trained us to ask this simple question, "What do I get out of it?" When we are faced with choices, when we are being asked to sacrifice, when we are asked to give up our desires we usually want to know - "What do I get out of it?". The sad truth is that we have grown up in a society and culture that wants something in return for what it gives. The bottom line is that our culture has influenced us to say, "I'm willing to give something up, but in the end what do I get out of it?". The sad truth is that not only do we find this mindset in people that we expect to find it, but we also find it in the lives of those who call themselves Christ followers.
In our walk with the Father, He sets before us the command to be holy just as He is holy. He challenges us to live lives of integrity, honesty, purity. We come to church and we hear about walking in the Spirit so that we do not fulfill the desires of the flesh. We are challenged to live selfless lives as Christ lived, to die to self and to put others first. We are asked to give of our time, talents and resources. However many of us as believers are still being influenced by our culture and we say to God (maybe not audibly, but in spirit) if I do this and I give up my desires what do I get out of it?