Recently an Australian bride confessed to some pretty selfish acts. Apparently, as the wedding preparations began, she sized up her wedding party and decided she needed to make a few adjustments. Specifically, she was concerned that her own sisters might look too radiant as the bridesmaids and overshadow her at the wedding.
So, she offered them a special kind of smoothie and assured them that it would make them lose weight. (Everyone wants to lose weight before a wedding!) For weeks, she kept preparing them the delicious concoction. But in point of fact, it actually helped them gain weight. Come wedding time, the bridesmaids were all a wee bit plump.
And she strategically chose the colors of the bridesmaid outfits (bright ugly yellow) because she knew they would look awful in them. Once again assuring that she would stand out in her glorious white gown.
This young bride isn’t the only one that struggles to keep others in the appropriate “lime light.” The lack of humility is a disease we all struggle with. Author Jon Bloom captured our selfish mindset when he remarked that we often “cherish our roles in the great wedding more that the wedding itself.” (Consider the bride and the Lamb in Revelation 21.)
And therein lies our problem. As believers, it’s more than appropriate that Christ be the center of attention in our lives. He and He alone deserves our worship. He should be the focus of our service. He is the Lord of all.
His lordship is the basis of our obedience and commitment to God. He is the creator, the ruler, and the boss. He is preeminent. Not me!
I think that is why John the Baptist declared in John 3 that “He must become greater, I must become less.” Peter underscored that truth in I Peter 3:15 with the injunction, “But in your hearts, set apart Christ as Lord.”
I doubt that many of us are planning weddings this week, but we are interacting with friends and family. So maybe it’s time to make sure Christ is “set apart” and in the center of any “selfie” we might take.