In the last decade man has had an insatiable appetite that has driven him in seeking affirmation of SELF. Today “self” is being used as the criterion for evaluating life. We should tell ourselves: “You’re okay. You can make it. Nothing is too great for you to conquer if you believe in yourself.” “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe man can achieve.”
Certain words have subtly crept into our vocabulary. You may have noticed the words too: Self-acceptance. Self-actualization. Self-confidence. Self-consciousness. Self-control. Self-deliverance. Self-discipline. Self-enlightenment. Self-evaluation. Self-fulfillment. Self-gratification. Self-help. Self-image. Self-empowerment. Self-knowledge. Self-pity. Self-reliance. Self-talk.
We are hoping an understanding of self will give us an explicit vantage point from which to view life and solve our problems.
It is as though Paul’s words in Ephesians chapter three and verse nineteen have been interpolated and rewritten to say, ” . . . that you may be filled with the fullness of self . . . ” Paul actually says, ” . . . that you may be filled with the fullness of God ”
”Self” is at the heart of each word and the problem of each heart. These “self” words are pointing the way to other “self” words: Self-absorption. Self-centeredness. Self-deception. Is it any wonder that individuals, marriages, organizations, churches and nations are experiencing SELF-DESTRUCTION?
We must place our confidence in God. We must envision self through the eyes of God. I have exchanged each of the “self” words with “God.”
Wow! What a difference that makes.
In the Bonds of Calvary,