It’s not about me!
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.”–C.S. Lewis
The soul of man is like a spoiled child! It always wants what it wants–now!!! Willful, selfish, self-centered, disobedient– this not only describes a spoiled child, but also an immature Christian. This quote from Bible.org gives an interesting picture of this very attitude and mentality:
Have you ever stood before God and shamelessly demanded your own way on something? Have you ever grabbed him by the throat, so to speak, and demanded that he make your life work? Now! Have you ever demanded that he come through for you, or else…? Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not talking about persistent, genuine, heartfelt prayer. I’m talking about idolatry. I’m talking about, “I want this no matter what!”
I must admit that I was shocked at this scenario and the reference to idolatry, but isn’t that what we do when we kick God off the throne of our hearts and replace Him with SELF–our desires, our needs, our wants??? Maybe we need a clearer definition of what idolatry actually is at its root?
The definition of idolatry, according to Webster, is “the worship of idols or excessive devotion to, or reverence for some person or thing.” An idol is anything that replaces the one, true God.
Something to think about, huh? Have we made our desires to have our own way, our self will, into idols? Are we so deceived that we really believe that our way is better than His? When will we ever face the Truth that it’s not about us–it’s all about Him?
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the midst of His Gethsemane experience said, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done (Luke 22:42). He realized that He was put on this earth for a divine purpose–to do the will of God. And so must we all come to this reality! It’s not about us!!!
As we travel the path of life on the journey to humility, may we all abdicate the thrones of our lives and humbly surrender them to Almighty God whose will is perfect. My our hearts stand in agreement with the One who said, “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me (John 6:38). And may our lives reflect the grace of God which enables us to say along with Him, “Not my will, but thine be done!”
Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!