I was driving in the car by myself just yesterday and in that quiet time I thought to myself that the core to all sin comes down to selfishness. Deciding we want to do something to gratify or make ourselves happy in the moment. Sometimes it can be a harmless decision and sometimes in our selfishness we don’t see or don’t want to see that it is hurting those closest to us.
Then I thought that’s what makes the difference between a hero and a villain. The hero is someone who has dedicated themselves to help others; in the end they are the least selfish person, willing to give up their own wants and desires to help others achieve theirs. The villain on the other hand is living for themselves usually seeking money or power; ultimately living for themselves and willing to sacrifice the relationship with those around them to get those things.
We are all born with the desire to fulfill our needs and desires. To strive after those dreams in our hearts and usually they are good things. Yet it’s always good to seek out God and to double check our motives that what we are wanting is ultimately in His plans. We all have to continually fight the desire to put down our flesh and its desires and look outside ourselves to help and make other lives better as well. If there’s any verse that shows the difference between a villain and a hero, it’s Philippians 2:3 (MSG.)
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”