Tuesday, 12 September 2017

DIARY: I Come To The End Of Myself

Everything we are and everything we have is IN God. Let's keep that in mind so that we do not exalt ourselves over God and other people, and to remain conscious of the fact that everything we have was given to us by God.

Less Of Me, More Of Jesus


Today I come to the end of myself.

You know that moment? The moment when you’re persuaded that the more you insist on selling what you know or on your rights, the more frustrated you will be. The moment when you realize that the more you set goals and pursuits for yourself, the further you will be from Christ. The moment when you finally realize there's got to be more of Jesus and less of you.

This is the assigned moment for Him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.

For so long my days have consisted of wanting more of everything else . . . more time, more money, more strength, more creativity, more discipline, more inspiration, more support. Yet the only thing I really need more of is Jesus. And I definitely need less of me.

In fact, I don't need me at all.

For a while, it’s been about balance in my life. Half Jesus. Half me. But Jesus wants me to be all Him. He demands and deserves to be the sole pursuit in my life. He is not interested in a dual reign or a joint partnership. T-O-T-A-L-L-Y Him.

I, me and myself must be pushed aside. 

Jesus says. “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other . . .(Matthew 6:24, MSG).

Life cannot be all about us and all about Jesus at the same time.

So, I'm thinking how have I been worshiping myself? How can I come to the end of myself? How can you and I, like John the Baptist, live by the principle “He must become greater, but I must become less” (John 3:30)?

Hmmm . . . 

It does mean to start replacing "me" with "Jesus" oh.

It means putting Jesus in the place where I would normally put myself. 
It means having less concern for how others see me and more concern for how others see Jesus.
It means less focus on what I deserve from others and more focus on what Jesus deserves.

Less of me and more of You, Lord!

It's a journey. I can’t help but want more of Jesus and less of me . . .

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Let's prepare and train our hearts to talk, act and look more like Jesus than ourselves. I believe when we focus on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8), we’ll be focusing on God, not ourselves. When we are quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19), we will process more information and think more carefully before responding. That way, we can exercise more of the wisdom of Jesus and less of the foolishness of ourselves.

Got any idea how we can express more of Jesus? Please share.


Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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