Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It's Not About Me


Mark 8:35
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

Self-centered people are not pleasant to be around. No matter what situations arise, it's always about them - what they said, what they did, who they are, how they were affected. They are incapable of having an honest conversation because they continually revert the subject back to their needs and their opinions. While their smug arrogance may give the illusion that they are in control of their lives, nothing could be further from the truth. There is no room in their hearts or souls for anyone but themselves. Their only intent is to save their own lives.

Jesus plainly tells us that this mindset is delusional. It denies the reality that God is in all things and is the only one in control. When we give our lives to the Lord, listen for His will for us, and follow His ways in faith and trust, we find the truth, the way, and the life of saving grace.

It's not about us. It never has been. It's always been about God.

"Who you love, I'll love,
How you serve, I'll serve.
If this life I lose,
I will follow you." ~ Chris Tomlin

Readings
Psalms 119:97-120 or 81, 82
2 Samuel 9:1-13
Acts 19:1-10
Mark 8:34-9:1

4 comments:

  1. Self-centered vain people are the worse to be around, they only speak of themselves or the possessions they own and that gets so tiresome. I prefer to be around folks who give of themselves, speak well of others and the Lord. You're correct as it's not about us it's about God :)

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  2. Most definitely, David! Thanks for the comment!

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  3. Alas in today's tough economy many people have been forced to become focused on themselves in an attempt to survive. They have been forced to be all about themselves. They are all only human and sometimes have so much going on , trying to survive that it can be hard to drop their defences, their facade. So, we either must minimize the time spent with them, cut them out or try to help them see what they've become

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  4. The paradox of this is, the more we focus on self, the fewer resources become available to us to ask others for help as people, now turned off, have turned away. I agree, Larry, that we need to make every effort to help these people see what they have become and offer help and healing whenever and however we can.

    Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your thoughtful comment. Know it is much appreciated!

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