How much time do we spend making our life with God in Christ – about us? We don’t realize that this is the old nature – default that will always contend to be the center and can easily turn any Christian context, truth or message – and making it about us, to our own loss.
This is done quite justifiably because most of modern Christianity IS about us; what we like, what we deserve, what we are – and when we are misaligned such as this our position we are and are given is severely skewed and even marred. We become a people who are square pegged trying to fit ourselves into Christs round hole that He died to create for us and was resurrected so we could fit into. It is a hole that never accommodates Self to enter, but does provide all who aim to be self-less.
The only way we can fit snugly into where He calls us to go is to forsake everything and anything that makes it about us. What I am saying is no small thing, for we are so bogged down with serving our own needs – within the construct of Christ – that we can’t discern between what is of self, and self centered as oppose to what is Christ centered and God honored. We have learned how to move all that we learn and know of Jesus and God in the word, to fit around us – to adjust to our preferences, rather than having developed by allowing what the word says regarding Jesus and God to shape and form us. This is why you have the church at large looking no different the world around us, even trying to look like the world – so they we are inclusive and inviting to the unbelieving around us. This is why we can sit in our sin and call it something else that has been diagnosed and accepted by the world. This is why the day is here when the true followers of the Word of God are persecuted and hated because we conform not to this world but are continually being transformed by the renewing of our minds as we obey all that is instructed to us. We are called self righteous and legalistic by our own brothers and sisters – because we follow and obey God. See Legalism.
Christ died for us – so that His Father would gain the reward of His doing- and that is a people who can live to serve and love Him – forever. See The Father’s Conversation with His Son. The central theme of Salvation is certainly involving us but is never to become about us – on the contrary, we are to become a people to be about God in Christ Jesus our Lord where our joy, peace and righteousness is found. We will never be at peace, nor experience His joy and exhibit His righteousness as long as we practice a Christianity that is about us. I challenge all of us to begin to look into this as it pertains to our own walk and make the necessary adjustments along the way and God help us to see what we need to see, Amen.