In his book The Pleasure of His Company, Roger Palms tells about two men who work for the same nonprofit organization. "One lives as the friend of God," he wrote, "the other does not," According to Palms, this is evident by the way they use their expense accounts. One always orders steak; the other does not. One always takes the most expensive room; the other does not. One says to himself, "Others are looking out for themselves; why should I be so virtuous?" The other says to himself, "When you see poor people who willingly give a dollar to help someone else, that stays with you. You can't spend that money extravagantly on yourself."
We all face this battle between selfishness and Christ-honoring obedience.