“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” -CS Lewis
The very act of being a Christ-follower is all about becoming less while Christ becomes more. This self-denial is not about degeneration as CS Lewis once said, it is about removing the “Me first” mindset from our being and doing. When we have, in some small way, been able to let go of this self-indulgence, we can then allow others to be seen – as in for the first time – seen. In essence, removing the selfishness from our lives, which is in its nature a component of original sin, we are removing the scales from our spiritual eyes. When this removal takes place, compassion can flood in, and the capacity to truly love as God first loved us becomes finally possible.
“…Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…” Matthew 20:26 Jesus said these words to His disciples, and it has not lost its emphasis on His modern disciples today! In order for us to become great in the Kingdom of Heaven, we have to become servants of all. I should clarify that it is not our goal to become great with all that entails “greatness” in our culture today, e.g. egos, and ambition and selfishness. No, instead out goal ought to first be loving God and then assuming the very image of Christ so that we might fully embrace this removal of self. From this we will then have the great opportunity to love the world around us as Christ first loved you and me.
Don’t worry about those drivers out there who cut you off and seem to treat you poorly. Don’t become consumed by animosity for those who wrong you or curse your name. Instead, remember in Whom you serve and love, and then allow this source of love and power to flow through you. Remove yourself and take up your cross and follow Jesus!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to relinquish this selfishness that I possess within me. It isn’t always evident, but from time to time it rears its ugly head and causes trouble in my life. Forgive me when I have led a self-indulgent life. I long to be made completely whole in You. Give me this passion to live for you, and to serve those who I encounter on this journey today. I pray all these things in your name. -Amen.