So we all have chaotic, hectic lives that no matter how much money we make or how many possessions we have, we as a species are discontented. The hole inside of us that people fill with drugs, lovers, careers, and possessions always seems to get bigger when we use these things. The problem is that even Christians, who know that being one with God will fill that hole, but mistakenly, they think that this can only happen after you die. Which is true, no doubt, but you can get a piece of it here as well. As we’ve talked about before, all sin stems from selfishness, in my opinion. I mean think about it: Lust – selfish. Gluttony – selfish. Greed – selfish. Sloth – selfish. Wrath – selfish. Envy – selfish. Pride – selfish. So, if selfish is the root of sin then is that is what we need to do? Exactly what Jesus told us to do – deny our very selves. And that, my friends, is the theme of this series.
Jesus said that if anyone would want to come after Him, he must deny himself. Because at the root of sin is selfishness. So how do you stop being selfish?
Like we touched on in “Animal Sacrifice”, we are not called to be natural – but supernatural.
Natural says, “Save yourself.”
Supernatural says, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Natural says, “Me first.”
Supernatural says, “But seek first God’s Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
Natural says, “Survival of the fittest.”
Supernatural says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
So how do you not say, “Save yourself?” How do you put aside the “Me first?” How do you ignore the “Survival of the Fittest?”
That is what this series is all about. But I warn you, “Here there be Dragons.”
Peace be with you.