It Is All About Me

W. Terry Varner
November 22, 2015

Far too many live life with the attitude that “it is all about me.” But really is life all about me? Such an attitude creates havoc in all areas of life—work, marriages, the church, our Christian life, etc. The emphasis that our society places on “me” is so great that this attitude can often prevent the necessary changes in one’s behavior to be pleasing to God. One of the biblical actions that challenges “it is all about me” philosophy is repentance.

Nothing. Israel awaited the promised prophet that would lead (Deut. 18:15-19). Malachi, the closing prophet of the Old Testament, prophesied that God would send one to precede and foretell of the coming Messiah (cf. Mai. 4:5). For over 400 years after Malachi wrote, Israel had had no new word from God—no dreams, no visions, no prophecy, no prophets. Nothing. For over 400 years they lived under empires and emperors who rose and fell. Time went by without a word from God.

Then Suddenly. God sent His herald, John the Baptist, to the nation of Israel (cf. Luke 12). Israel was burdened under the bondage and rulership of Rome. John preached “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2). The message of Jesus was identical, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (John 4:17). God’s Herald and God’s Savior proclaimed the identical message, Repentance.

Repentance is “to change one’s thinking, to turn about. The primary sense in Judaism is always a change in man’s attitude toward God and in conduct [behavior] of life” (Rogers and Rogers 5). Repentance begins with the conviction that an individual’s relationship with God is not what it should because of sin. Once man sins his relationship with God is marred, so much so that Isaiah states that our sins separate us from God (cf. Isa. 59:1-2). Once sinful man was banished from Eden (Gen. 3), sin marred his relationship with both God and his fellow man. Sin continues to do producing various works of the flesh (cf. Gal. 5:17-19).

Thoughts About Self Change. As long as we are reasoning everything is about me and centers in me, our relationship with God and our fellowman will be marred by sin. Repentance will change our hearts and our focus in life. First, the “me” attitude must be changed to the attitude that God is all important and primary. “Me” is gone (cf. 2 Cor. 5:15) and God becomes first, primary, and foremost in our attitude and behavior (cf. Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:13). What is sin to God must be sin to us. What God commands, we must do our best to obey as this shows our love for Him (cf. 1 John 5:3; John 14:15).

Second, the “me” attitude must be changed in our relationship with our fellow man. Our relationship with others must be changed to where we “esteem others better than” ourselves (Philip. 2:3). How “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philip. 2:4). Sometimes our repentance may mean giving up friendships that lead to sinful behavior. Paul taught clearly that “evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Cor. 15:33).

Third, God sent Jesus as Savior. He commands obedient faith (Heb. 11:6), repentance (Luke 13:3), confession of His Son (Acts 8:37), baptism for remission of sins (Acts 2:38), and a new behavior (cf. Rom. 6:3-4). The cliche that “it is all about me” becomes changed to where “me” is gone and Christ lives in us (cf. Philip. 2:5; Col. 1:27; Gal. 4:19).