“Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for your-self, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
wow. Nothing I try to save will be. Nothing I set to the side to be protected will be. Nothing I withhold can be. Nothing that has not died can be raised from the dead.
I see it. The evidence around me that confirms the that those who look for self only find bad things. What a terrible list, yet we see it present in our daily lives: hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin & decay. How easy to look at my neighbor and see these things present, and yet how hard to see them as they hide in my self.
Such despair on our own. Stuck in the old self. Why do we want to save it to badly? Why can’t we give it up easily when it only brings us the bad? Can’t we see clearly in the reflection of the mirror, even for a moment?
But Christ… Look for Him & you will find Him. You will find Him. No more aimless searching- He promises us He will be found. We can have confidence that He is like the father of the prodigal son, running to meet us as we start down the road home.
and with finding Him? All the rest, everything else thrown in. It becomes less valuable to us because Christ is the true treasure, but it is all thrown in nonetheless. The new self, practically a consolation prize next to Jesus, yet glorious in&of itself. He throws it in. We won’t even worry about self anymore, yet it will be everything we’ve ever dreamed & hoped for.
Are you looking for Christ?
Thank you so much for talking this journey with me about what it means to give up self. I had been so encouraged & challenged through it, and I pray you have as well!
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