What’s in it for me!
Isn’t this the question of our times? “What’s in it for me?” captures our self-interest, our capitalist spirit. “What’s in it for me?” drives our consumer expectations and decisions. We look to be served, entertained, and made comfortable. We look to make a profit, get ahead, and be successful.
This stuff is human nature… but our culture has embraced it and made it famous and acceptable.
Notice the difference between the “what’s in it for me” perspective of human nature and Jesus’ calling and purpose on our lives:
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:6-8).
Jesus’ followers are asking, “when will you restore the Kingdom… OUR people’s kingdom”. I can hear it in their voice: “what’s in it for US?” Jesus’ response to them was more like, “it’s not about YOU… it is not for YOU to know”, instead, “you will be MY witnesses to others… here there, and everywhere”.
The choice before each of us is whether we are going to order our lives around the ‘what’s in it for me’ perspective, or are we going to fulfill a greater, more worthy purpose: to be witnesses for faith, hope, and love, transformed lives, which can only be lived out in following Jesus.