Narcissism as a psychological definition is typically seen as self-involved attitudes and behavior where there is little or no empathy for others.
It is also defined as excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness.
Paul talks of these type of people in Philippians 2:21 – “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.”
We are apt to prefer our own credit, ease, and safety, before truth, holiness, and duty; but Timothy did not so. – Matthew Henry
Selfishness is something that comes natural to all of us. We tend toward it. If we follow our heart most likely we will do or act in a selfish way.
Paul sends Timothy as a man in an elite group, one of those who “looked on the things of others.” In other words, one who was selfless and concerned with others more than himself. He was a man like his spiritual father Paul, who would gladly spend and be spent for the cause of Christ.
Knowing that we tend toward selfishness what safeguards do you take to ensure that you are a “neighborly” person.
Remember Jesus came not to be served but to serve. He is our example. One book put it this way “Love God, and serve others.”
Think of practical, selfless ways of serving others: Your wife, children, widows, orphans, homeles, the nations, your church, coworkers, and whoever else that might fit into that category – and do it as unto the LORD. One thing is certain we need to get out of our own center of attention and start putting the spotlight on “others.”