BIBLE READING: GALATIANS 2:20; 1JOHN 3:16; JOHN 12:24; 1CORINTHIANS 15:31
“Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common.” Acts 4:32(NKJV)
One of the greatest impediments to a fulfilled Christian life is the flesh or self which refers to the fallen nature of the old man. The end of all spiritual warfare is Christlikeness which is the Mark of our Faith. (see Phil. 3:14) One of the major factors at the Heart of Christlikeness is death to self.
Self can also be understood to refer to one’s consciousness of one’s identity which tends to make one egocentric. A certain rich man in the Scriptures was condemned to death the night following his self-exaltation, (see Lk. 12:16-21) His downfall was due to the fact that he was too consumed with self and wasn’t rich towards God. Even satan prior to his fall from favour with the Lord God Almighty fell headlong into the same trap: “How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the Stars of God: I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” (Isa.14:12-14)
Notice his use of the personal pronoun “I” on five occasions: That is a prime recipe of demotion and disqualification from being used of God. Little wonder the Bible reminds us that “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pet. 5:5b)
Every believer is involved in the work of ministry which has two primary objectives i.e., glorifying God and edifying man. It takes selflessness to achieve this and this truth abounds in Scripture: “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside and help others get ahead.” Phil. 2:3(MSG)
This is such a profound truth! A wise man once said that the recipe for true joy is focusing on Jesus, Others and You. Let us always remember that the Lord Jesus Christ said Himself that “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His Life a Ransom for many.” (Mk.10:45)
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the Selfless Sacrifice of your Son Jesus Christ on the Cross for our sakes. O Lord, please grant us the grace to die daily to self as we become changed into Your Likeness in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.