As a child I heard people tell me this all the time, and even at times now as an adult.
Sounds harsh, doesn’t it?
Especially in a culture trending in the concept of “self love.”
It may sound harsh. But it is 100% true.
The truth is Jesus actually asks us to deny ourselves.
He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJV
It’s all about Him. All about His glory. Not my own.
My desire, that He gives me. Not something I could ever desire on my own without the constant grace of Jesus Christ… for people to see Him when they see me.
That is really our purpose in life, even in the most mundane moments… to bring Him glory.
That’s why you and I are here.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31
I’ve got to tell you living with this understanding really does bring freedom, and a joy unspeakable that you never would have dreamt possible.
If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself!
Ask God to give you the grace to finally desire His glory over your own. I promise you, He will.
It’s no longer about you, so it can finally be all about Him.
We were meant to bring glory to God. And live to please Him alone.
We flourish out of a life lived solely to please God.
Because it’s finally not about me. I no longer hold up the victim card. I expect less. I no longer feel bound. I’m focused. My eyes are fixed. I’m able to really love. I recognize everything I’ve been given is a gift. I am not my own. My thankfulness has increased. And I finally really do want God’s will for my life.
Now I’m not telling you I’ve got this cased. Many times I start thinking that life’s unfair and it really should revolve around me. I start to take control. I doubt God’s goodness, and think thoughts like, “why is God holding back from me?”
But I ask God that in those moments that He would convict you and me and remind us that only He should ever be the center.
I was never meant to be the center of my world.
I thank God for the amazing grace He gives you and me every single day to be able to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
“Why are there so many people in human culture who are driven, sad, unfulfilled, hopeless and lost? Because they are attempting to do something they were never created to do. You were not created to live for you and you alone. That will never be a happy existence. It will never be a fulfilling existence. You think it will but it will leave you empty because you cannot find fulfillment denying what you were created to be. It won’t happen.
The most satisfying, the most lovely, the most glorious, the most fulfilling, and the happiest life of deep abiding contentment is found in a life of love.
When your world tells you the way to be happy is to prioritize you, and be absorbed with you and put you first. Your world tells you a horrible lie. A dehumanizing lie. We ought to love. It was what we were designed to do. It was what we were recreated in Christ Jesus to have the ability to do.”
Loves Model- Sermon by Paul Tripp
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35