Self-absorption is the opposite of the love described in 1 Corinthians 13. Many sins emerge out of a self-absorbed heart. But, the gospel obliterates selfishness and self-absorption and creates benevolence in the heart.
Like the rich younger ruler, we may come to Jesus with an eagerness to serve him. But one thing blocked the rich young ruler from salvation in Christ: his love for money.
Likewise, in America, self-absorption blocks many from conversion and salvation. There is no way around this. The gospel calls Christians to self-sacrifice for the sake of others.
Are you self-absorbed today? If so, will you confess it and renounce it, and give yourself entirely to Jesus and his service?