Spotlight - Self-Seeking

Seek only yourself and you'll lose everything

We live in a "Look Out for Number One!" culture, where everyone is encouraged to focus on themselves, often to the exclusion of others. Self-seeking, what the Bible calls "selfish ambition" may appear to be the road to worldly success, but it ultimately leads to ruin. This week's illustrations are great starting points for sermons or teaching on what really matters when it comes to our relationships with others.

Cars [G]  view

Sometimes to win, you have to lose.

In a strange turn of events, Chick Hicks won, but lost everything he truly hoped to win. Lightning McQueen came in last, but ended up winning over the crowd and the sponsors. He put the dignity of the elderly King ahead of his own desires to win the Piston Cup. Winning isn't everything. How you win... Continue Reading

Matthew 16:25-26   Luke 9:23-25  

Diary of a Wimpy Kid [PG]  view

Why do we serve?

As the assistant principal explains the duties of safety patrol officers, he emphasizes the need to stop bad behavior, protection and responsibility. He even borrows a line from Spider-man: "With great power comes great responsibility." But all that Greg is interested in is increasing his social... Continue Reading

Philippians 2:3-7   1 Peter 4:10-11  

Facing the Giants [PG]  view

What really matters in life?

We live in an age where people have been taught to be fame seekers. It seems that everyone wants their allotted ?15 minutes.? Christians are not immune from these forms of self-seeking. A great question to ask is, ?Are we performing for men or for God?? As Coach Taylor demonstrates, performing for... Continue Reading

1 Corinthians 10:31-33   Romans 12:1-2  

Self-Seeking - Quotations

Cypher (preparing to betray Neo): "I know this steak doesn't exist. I know that when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, you know what I realize? Ignorance is bliss." Agent Smith: "Then we have a deal?"
Cypher: " I don't want to remember nothing. Nothing. You understand? [pause] And I want to be rich. You know, someone important, like an actor."
-- The Matrix (1999)

Han Solo: "I'm in it for the money."
-- Star Wars (1977)

Blue Fairy (to Pinocchio) "Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish and, someday, you will be a real boy."
Pinocchio (1940)

Know-It-All Kid: "Me, me. Pick me, Santa! I want the first gift! I want the first gift!"
-- The Polar Express (2004)

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