Jesus said: “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty’” (Luke 17:10).

Human beings are naturally selfish. It’s something we need to guard against.

It’s also something we should be frequently asking God to forgive us for: “Dear God, forgive me for my selfishness; for always wanting it my way; for not considering the needs of others; for thinking I’m smarter than you; for living by mixed-up priorities; for loving comfort more than sacrifice…”

People seem to be making up new words these days. So here’s another one: Godishness.

If selfishness is bad, Godishness is good! It’s reflecting the love, truth and holiness of God in our daily lives.

William Booth and his wife Catherine founded the Salvation Army. One year William gave the organization a one word focus: “Others.” Wow. You can’t get clearer than that!

Not only is it Godish to reflect the love, truth and holiness of God in our daily lives, but it is Godish to do so with humility and gratitude. After all, we are just doing our duty for the God who has redeemed us, made us new, and given us a hope which is from everlasting to everlasting.

Godishness. For Jesus, for others, and for the kingdom come.


–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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