No Self Realization

That I may know Him(Philippians 3:10)…not that I may be made known. Too much of the preaching today is about understanding self and finding ourselves. This is an error. The problem is not in finding myself but actually being willing to lose myself! (Matthew 10:39, 16:25, 17:33, Mark 8:35, Luke 9:24, John 12:25). The goal in preaching is to know Christ and make Him known; but it is also the goal in living. There is no life outside of Christ and it is only in knowing Him that I am alive. If I remain in Him and He in me, He will be glorified (John 15:1-15).

God is at work using everything in this life to point me to Jesus. This also means that everything that is against Jesus being glorified in my life is going to work to divert me from knowing and realizing Christ in my given situation. I must be careful to not allow anything to obstruct my view or anyone else’s view from seeing Christ formed in me.(2 Corinthians 2:11, 2 Corinthians 10:4-6). The ultimate goal is that Christ would be seen in and through me… nothing less than that.

When the focus is self-realization then Christ is hidden. When the focus is on being happier, being heard, being right, being whatever, if it is not allowing Christ to be front and center then it is not glorifying Christ. My focus needs to be on “being hidden in Christ”. Anything and everything that God allows in my life is meant to point me to Jesus and to give me an opportunity to point others to Him. And if it’s not doing that, then be willing to let it go because God’s goal for me is to become more like Christ. Like John The Baptist said: more of Him, less of me.

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:10-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.” The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-36‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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