We are so accustomed to making everything about us. Even the Bible. But it isn’t about us. We aren’t the ones to receive the glory. We are the givers of glory to the One who deserves it.
It is almost offensive to us hear that...which further illuminates our pride.
If we are only following Jesus for what it does for us, we are missing the point. The point is Jesus. The point is God’s glory.
If passages about submission and surrender rub us the wrong way, we may need a check on our pride.
Yes, God loves us so much! He sent His Son to die for us. But we aren’t the center of the universe. It isn’t all about us. I fear when we go so far out of our way to always make it about us, we water down and distort truth.
It’s hard. It’s so counter-culture. But it’s a good check on where our heart is.
I fail miserably. My default is defensiveness. I often reflect on this quote, “the level of our irritation often reveals the depth of our idols.” Am I idolizing myself, my reputation, my importance, my social status, what I “deserve”?
I’m still thinking over Monday’s @myutmost devo and this...”Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, ‘No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’ ‘Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself.”
Hard stuff, but I believe we either seek truth or we live in lies. I love you guys. God loves you guys. I want us to know and seek truth and genuine surrender. We can be adored and it not be all about us at the same time.