“A Journey of Self-Discovery.” I see this a lot these days in articles online. I read it in books. I watch it in movies. I get to experience it watching the copious number of reality TV shows we’re bombarded with. Ok, the last one is more like watching a continual train wreck, but you get the picture.
So… I think it’s been a while since I threw a really preachy post on my blog. I’ve tried to hide between my (infrequent) “Jesus in the OT” studies for quite a while, just trying to slowly continue pointing to Christ. I have a lot of thoughts stirring in my head that I know are going to come off as too preachy, and like most people, I still want to have friends out there who sort of listen to me. Oh, who am I kidding… I only have a couple readers still out there anyway. So, here goes… I’m going to throw one of my thoughts out here.
Every time I hear this “journey” phrase, I can’t help but think back to what the Bible tells us about “self.” Self is sinful. Self has the wrong motivations. Self is against God.
18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.
Mark 10:18 (ESV)
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Romans 3:12 (ESV)
I already forgot to mention I even hear the phrase in churches. Anyone ever see Joel Osteen’s book “Your Best Life Now”? (If this is the best life now for Christians, we’re in trouble.) Jesus Christ told us time and again this life is not about us, but about learning to deny ourselves and follow Him.
23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Luke 9:23–24 (ESV)
Our life is to be a journey of self-denial and discovery of the One who created us. The One who saved us from ourselves.
3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
John 17:3–5 (ESV)
That’s really all I’m going to say about this for now. Not because that is all I think about it, but because one of the reasons for the timing of this post is that T. A. McMahon from Berean Call just wrote an article in their March newsletter on this very topic, “Self: Mankind’s Number One Problem.” T. A. stated my thoughts far better than I could have done, and this way you don’t have to read any more of my blathering. :) You can find the page linking to the PDF download below.
My prayer is that you will spend some of “self’s” precious time reading the 2-page article through and really taking it to heart. There is so much more in life than self.Share on Facebook