God’s Will/My Will: Freedom – Self Forgetfulness
Gal 5:1, 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7
Are your emotions easily excitable? Are you often ‘hurt’ by criticism? Is your sleep affected by rehashing conversations past, or engage in frequent ongoing self-conversations with yourself? Are you offended when someone doesn’t agree with you? Do you hunger for other’s approval? Do you place yourself in the ‘courtroom’ of self-loathing judgment with regularity?
Hmmm… tough questions. Paul in 1st Corinthians 3 & 4 gives us the key to being free of it, think less of self. The key to building a good foundation for living life is to be rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The key to growing in good soil for living life is to think of one’s self less. What does this mean, what does this look like, how can this be? Won’t I lose myself if I think of myself less? EXACTLY. But it requires a bit more unpacking to better understand.
Tim Keller says in his book, The Art of Self-Forgetfulness, “Gospel humility is a blessed self-forgetfulness. Not thinking of myself as in modern cultures (puffed up humility), or less of myself as in traditional cultures (groveling humility). It’s simply thinking of myself less.” Guess we have to just get over ourselves. Kinda.
Looking forward to Sunday, as we discern another way toward greater freedom in Christ,