Posted by: everynation | April 9, 2009

Dying to live!

frank-christie1by Frank Christie
This week is a very significant week in the Christian calender. On Friday we remember that Christ came down from heaven, and crossed the boundary between heaven and earth for the sake of fallen and alienated humanity. He stood at the place where human beings suffer, are rejected and lonely. He took upon himself the misery of humankind and gave up His life in their service.

In contrast, most human beings are still living for self! I have been so challenged this last week not to focus on myself! The challenge I have is that I can fall into the trap of “self” so easily. It is so much harder to trust God and put our faith in Him and hand our lives over completely. We tend to allow all the self words come into play: self-promote, self-justify, self-defense, self-pity and the list goes on.

When we spend so much of our time focusing on self we tend to rely on ourselves more than we do on God.

How do we know when we have died to self?

When someone has spoken ill of you, when your advice is disregarded, when your hard work is over looked, and you refuse to defend yourself but take it all in patient loving silence, then you have died to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in a conversation, or to defend your own beliefs, your own good works, or itch for recognition and when you can truly embrace to be unknown, then you have died to self.

When you receive correction and reproof, and can humbly submit inwardly, as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion, retaliation, self-sympathy, self-defense, self-vindication, self-justification, resentment, bitterness, unforgiveness in your heart, then you have died to self!

When you can see  someone prosper and have their needs met, and you can honestly rejoice with them in spirit, and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in more desperate circumstances, then you have died to self.

When dying is about me and living is about Him!

Help me Lord to have your mind!

Philippians 2:1-5

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus

Frank Christie is the senior pastor of Every Nation Somerset West, the founder of Thembalitsha and the author of Being Frank.

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