denying self

Selfies of the Gospel

As the culture around us continues to become more and more stuck on self (and I’m talking pictures here), the gospel calls us to have a different frame of reference.

A lot of selfies are taken to show where we have been, but the gospel calls us to deny our self and focus on where we are going:

  • Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

A lot selfies are taken to build up egos, but the gospel calls us to humble our self and to allow God to do the building up:

  • And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)

A lot of selfies are taken as solo shots, but the gospel calls us to include others by loving our neighbor as our self:

  • So the scribe said to Him, “Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” (Mark 12:32-33)

A lot of selfies attempt to show how we’re better than others, but the gospel calls us to be more concerned with our own weaknesses before we critique others:

  • Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42)

So the question is, what are others seeing when we take a spiritual selfie? EA

Simply Taking Jesus At His Word

Sometimes Jesus’ commands may make no sense.

Sometimes we may feel like we know more about the subject.

Sometimes we think we know what’s going to happen before it ever gets done.

Sometimes…well, most of the time…um, okay let’s face it – experience shows that we’re wrong every time we fail to take Jesus at his word!

Jesus isn’t looking for scholars, life-experts, financial gurus, or backseat drivers – Jesus is looking for people who will simply take him at his word.

And when we learn to do this we will receive blessings that we would have never gotten if we had listened to ourself. EA

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.” (Luke 5:4-6)