SELF…

SELF-Will and SELF-Fulfilment…not much of a difference…for the former denotes the determination to please one’s SELF…while the other…the determination to fulfill…or satisfy one’s SELF…either way…SELF is not being denied as Christ taught…

SELF…the principle of I..Me..and Mine…the protection and promotion of SELF-interest above all other things…the furtherance of one’s OWN agenda is the world”s way to success…and the closer one gets to it…the farther one gets away from GOD’S Agenda…

For there are only two ways to travel a road…TOWARDS…or AWAY FROM…to lose one’s life in the service of others…or to save one’s life in the service of SELF…

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

To save one’s life is to do all within one’s power to protect the interests of that life…Peter rebuked Christ for teaching his disciples that he was going to suffer many things and then be killed and rise up again on the third day…

Christ told the devil in him to-
Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Matthew 16:23

Peter wanted Christ to protect his own self interests and not do anything that would cause this ‘teaching’ of his to come to pass…The notion of the disciples then was that Christ had come to take up his inheritance as King of the Jews…so why would he be talking about dying…hence Christ had to reveal truth…

Matthew 16:24
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself , and take up his cross, and follow me.
There is a plan that SELF always has for itself…but there is also a plan that God always has for the believer…

Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Nothing…one will lose his/her soul…(SELF)…to damnation…if one’s investments are wholly or mainly in this world…

Are you spending your life investing in some other life/lives other than you and yours?

The investments we make in this world determine the rewards in eternity…climb to the pinnacle of success if you so choose…and receive the praise of men…but know that because your investments are mostly material…so also will your rewards…this is the gaining of the whole world and the losing of one’s soul…or what reward does one expect in eternity for spending one’s entire life in achieving great success on the material plane of existence?

Matthew 16:25
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Does Christ speak of losing one’s life physically here for his sake? Certainly not! But he speaks about using one’s life for HIS OWN PURPOSES…rather than ONE’S OWN PURPOSES…hence I lose my life when I give it up for another purpose other than that which I originally intended for it…

Paul had planned to become a lawyer and in fact had become one…till he met Christ and chose to give up his life as a lawyer in favour of the life Christ intended for him…doubtless his learned colleagues must have been terribly disappointed to see such a brilliant legal mind ‘go to waste!’…but such is always the way of the world…anything that appears not to be ADDING VALUE TO ONE’S LIFE ON PLANET EARTH…is seen as a waste of time…a waste of life…

The alabaster box that was broken…was such a waste of money…as seen through the eyes of the world…yet the Master regarded the act very highly…

Whatever the world says and agrees with…you can be sure Christ disagrees with…yes by all means you should serve as an usher in church…or as a chorister…because you certainly cannot sit in church and do nothing…but also know that your work will be tried by fire…and it will not be the work of shaking people’s hands as they arrive in church…or singing faithfully week after week.
None of these folks….

1 Corinthians 3:13-14
Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire ; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

The only works that can be tested by the fire of eternity are spiritual…not musical or fleshly or any other…neither is it the sincerity of heart that is meant by the above scripture…no…one needs seek God’s face to determine divine assignment…for if the life you live now is purely based on circumstances…personal ambitiions…and desires…then you run the race you have set for yourself…you fulfil your personal assignments…

But in the process of doing your job from where your income comes…there is always a place for the fulfilment of divine assignment…with the people you meet…those for whom you open doors that no one else has time to open…the little kindnesses one shows to those whom one has never met before…the break throughs you give to others that mean little or nothing to you…a word of love to one…a word of ministry to another…the continuous looking for opportunities to be a blessing to someone that is helpless to help him/herself…the regular intercession for friends at work who are well on their way to Hell…these are the denyings of SELF….these are divine labours…but the labourers are so few!

The constant looking out for others…rather than for me and mine…is a signal to God that one is ready for divine assignment…

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