Anyway, I digress from the topic at hand. Is selfishness inherent in humans? If we take a look at babies, we would probably have plenty of reason to say that selfishness is absolutely inherent. Infants know only that their basic needs must be met and have no regard for the situations of others. It is impossible to reason with a hungry infant because no reason or excuse that is supplied will fill his/her grumbling tummy. However, by the same token, the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:11, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." Is this suggesting that while children may be inherently selfish, men and women should be past selfishness? This is where I am perplexed because it seems that selfishness has become somewhat of an epidemic among people, regardless of age. This causes me to wonder if we really understand what selfishness is and how it appears in our lives. I know that I have selfish thoughts that I fail to even recognize as selfish. I have been trying to be more conscious of my thoughts and checking myself. Ultimately, my desire is to have the mind of Christ, who was never selfish. Instead, He continually placed others before Himself and always sought the best interests of others.
So, maybe humans are inherently selfish, but when we accept Christ and we are no longer of this world, everything that is innately human gets tossed out the window. We have a new standard, a new inheritance. As Christians we are called to live to a higher standard, one worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ on our lives. When we accept Christ, we inherit His character, His unselfishness. This is great news for us because true joy is Jesus, Others, then You, but an inheritance requires us to claim that it is ours and to prove that we are who we say we are. Our lives have to serve as our identification as a child of God in order to claim the inheritance that has been set aside for us in our name, much the same way we would have to present identification to prove our identity in order to claim an monetary inheritance.
Regardless of what may be inherently in me as a human, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).