Recently, I've been told the same thing from four, no five, different sources. Usually when I start to hear something over and over again, I sit up, I listen and I take it to God and ask, "Is this something you are trying to get me to pay attention to?"
This thing that I've been told over and over lately is that sin is selfishness.
This is how I think God is telling me to listen up:
One: In conversation with a collegue. He said: "Something I've been thinking about lately is that sin is basically selfishness..." I don't remember the rest of the conversation but I remember that line.
Two: Same collegue leant me a book called Unlearning and I found the author writing about the best definition of sin he has ever read was by a German theologian, Rienhold Neiburh. Guess what, the definition was that "sin" is "selfishness".
Three: My husband read me part of the text conversation he was having with a friend about how sin is selfishness. I told him it must be the latest fad thinking because lately I've been hearing that everywhere.
Four: My brother told me a story about a guy whose wedding he had just attended, a single dad, who invited a young boy and his mother (both of whom he hardly knew) to live in the second bedroom of his house until the mother got another job in another town. The young boy is still living with the single dad, his own son and his new wife. He feeds him, clothes him and sends him to school. It made me think how selfish my own life is. And I thought about that phrase again, "Sin is selfishness".
Five: I saw hip-hop artist Lecrae tweet: "Be careful when you find you're only thinking, praying, & living for yourself. A selfish lifestyle is a Satanic lifestyle."
And I finally started thinking maybe, just maybe, God is trying to say something to me? What is God trying to say to you? And how are you going to change your life because of the One who is calling you to be more like him? I'm still grappling with this question, I'd love to hear your answers...