Tuesday, October 24, 2017

It's Not About Me

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 
(John 5:19)

"It's not about me!" Those are some of the most important words I've ever learned to speak to myself. They reflect a basic understanding that undergirds everything the Lord wants to do through me and for me. Once I die to the belief that the world revolves around me, what I think, and what others think of me, I am ready to receive the life and perspective of the Lord. Once my feelings and my agenda are cast down and I find myself at the feet of Jesus, then the Lord can have an honest conversation with me that will change my life from an earthly one to a heavenly one. When I wake up tomorrow, I must start the whole process again, "It's not about me!" - because my flesh and my pride will never relent as long as I live. Dying to myself is a day-by-day, moment-by-moment, conversation-by-conversation thing. And so is coming alive in Christ! I can make that choice, and therein lies my freedom. I am most free when it's not about me!

Let's Pray - Dear Lord, please help me resist the temptation to place myself and my thoughts on the throne. That place is reserved for Jesus alone. Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Amen. Pastor every day....every day I have to fight ....seemingly my ownself to die and to STAY DEAD. I am one of your sheep that has to so heavily rely on GRACE and HIS Mercy from day to day....24/7 including during my sleep. when my eyes open...grace and upon them closing ....His grace. Before I stand up a fleeing thought ...only a second or emotion ..I would be canned. I am soooohhh glad for the GIFT of righteousness and eternal life. Otherwise I would never ever be free. What a wonder He alone is. The depth of His love towards me/us is so vast for my brain to contain. A price, the cost, a debt I never pay. but HE MADE A WAY OF ESCAPE. WHEW!!!! Freedom I choose to keep by relying on HIM...LOOKING TO HIM.

    WINTERS ARE LONGER ....from cool to utterly cold. Thank God for HIS wrapping arms of love around me. He is my warmth during the chilly winds that blow. I would hate to think where I would be...if I had NOT heard the many lessons and teachings from you. Where would I be if the Father had not used your vessel to throw out life lines to me thru so many storms. Thankful I have NOT been consumed, that I can call to memory the things HE has spoken to my spirit. Thankful for a Pastor. There is much to rejoice about as I weather the cold/winter. HIS GOODNESS AND HIS FAITHFULNESS TRUMPS being in the darkness. He is the LIGHT, HE IS THE TRUTH and the ONLY WAY.

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  2. Thank you Lord for your mercy and grace every morning..I can't do anything in my own strength..Seems like I am only beginning to get it.
    All to you Jesus.

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