Watchman Reflections

Sitting Our “Selfs” Down

“He must become greater; I must become less.” – John 3:30 NIV

These words of John the Baptist are counter-intuitive in today’s culture where self-promotion is pervasive.

Self-fulfillment. Self-consciousness. Self-love. Self-sufficiency. Self-development. Self-help.

Self Self Self.

When John the Baptist’s followers saw the crowds gathering around Jesus rather than him they thought John would be worried about losing his authority, his status. But he defied the culture of self by,

  • reminding them that “a person can receive only what is given them from heaven.” (John 3:27) and
  • acknowledging that Jesus must increase and he must decrease…

I believe it needs to be said that too many today are caught up in the attraction and promotion of self, which is hypocrisy at it’s finest.

  • We want brighter lights on us
    • higher followings for our platforms
    • wider recognition of our efforts
  • We desire our will be done
    • gratifying our momentary pleasures
    • seeking after greater understanding of what makes us unique in and of ourselves…

Who are we, but the redeemed of the Lord, servants of the Most High God?

We’ve been bought by the blood of the Lamb. All we have and all we are is from God, through God, and for God. It’s a blessed, beautiful, abundant life to live.

Why defile it by seeking after the flesh and self-gain?

Tools like the Enneagram being advocated by the Church, to understand ourselves and use our gifts well are disgustingly sneaky enemy tactics to remove our focus from Jesus and become further absorbed in ourselves.

To use our God-given gifts, we need only read His Word and walk it out.
Our aptitudes will flow naturally as we speak and act from the Spirit.

So, what does that look like?

Well, we know the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Are our daily decisions producing these characteristics?

Contrast those traits with the fruits of the flesh, which are sexual immorality, impurity and lust, indulgence and drunkenness, idolatry, hatred, discord, jealousy, rage, and selfish ambition.

A life wrapped up in Spirit vs Flesh becomes clear to see.

Paul warns us in Galatians 5:21 that those who live according to the flesh will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Sound harsh? What about grace, you may ask…

Grace is a freely offered gift, but one that is followed by repentance. A determined turning away from the old and actively embracing the new.

For the Church to have a Kingdom impact in our world, and for us to find life abundant in Jesus, we must decrease and He must increase.

It’s time to sit our “selfs” down.

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