Monday, February 26, 2007

Making myself Nothing

"When you make yourself nothing, you're really something." Andy Stanley

What a powerful thought. When I humble myself and make myself nothing, the God of the universe makes much of me. Whoa.

Ahhh, but the rub is the first part. "Myself...nothing." Yes, that is the challenge.

Why is it so important that I get my way in a boardgame with my daughters? Why do I resist yielding to other motorist on the highway? Why do get so upset when somebody cuts in the express line at WalMart?

Because I worship me instead of Christ.

It's a terrifying admission. But if we are honest selfishness is pride and pride is the root of all sin that says I am god and should be worshiped by all. Sick.

"God, I repent of being like this. It makes you sick and now I am too. Cleanse me from this disease of sin and self and fill me with your selfless Holy Spirit. Help me live like Christ did--putting others first no matter the cost. To God be the glory!"

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father