I’m not the first to say this…actually, barely anything I say here hasn’t been said before, but I’ll not plagiarise this time…
C.S. Lewis pointed out something which is as true today as it was when he wrote it. Ask most people today what the greatest, most moral characteristic is and they’ll say ‘unselfishness’. Someone who constantly seeks others’ interests above their own is considered to be a ‘good’ person.
But that’s not a Christian perspective. Reading the Bible it’s clear that the apostles thought the greatest characteristic to have was love. Just read 1 Corinthians 13!
Love means seeking others’ interests, not above your own, but out of your own. In other words, I give my friend my last Rolo because it would make me happy to see them happy.
Sanctification isn’t about doing good stuff for the sake, it’s about having a heart transplant and seeing our actions change of the back of a change in motivations.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. -Romans 12:2