We as Christians are instructed in the Bible to lose ourselves. Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s going on inside of us and in our minds that we forget who Jesus really is. He’s our salvation, our peace and our understanding. It’s through the Scripture that we are taught by God how to lose ourselves and gain Jesus.
Today I want to go over five different areas in which you can lose yourself and gain Jesus. These are short and to the point. It’s a great way to realign your thinking for the day or gain Biblical insight you weren’t previously aware of. If you enjoy this read, please share, like and comment.
1.) Realize it’s not about YOU anymore
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
When Christ was nailed up on that cross of Calvary, He died not only for our sins, but for us. We are bought and paid for in full. We are His and we belong to Him. When we realize that our life isn’t our own post-conversion, we realize that He’s the one everything in this life is for. Being a mere instrument and tool for God’s work is a blessing and should be a focus of every Christian’s mind day in and day out.
The world has a tendency to focus on the “me” aspect of our daily lives and Jesus says “No” to that. It’s not about the difficulties you’re struggling with, it’s not about the hardships you’re having, it’s about focusing our sights on the Lord and believing in Him and trusting in His strength alone.
2.) Leave the past behind
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Just like when we get out of a pair of stinky clothes, we need to shed that life of sin and corruption. Leave that past behind you. In verse 23 it states “made new in the attitude of your mind” and if you look at the KJV of this verse, it translates it as, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Even if you’ve been a Christian for most of your life, it’s important we continue to renew our mind and leave yesterday in the past.
3.) See everything outside of God as garbage
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
The world teaches us to get a good job, make lots of money and own nice stuff. The Scripture tells us to forget about it. This verse specifically tells us that everything outside of Jesus is garbage. The KJV uses “dung” instead of garbage in it’s translation of the passage. Regardless, everything is pushed to the side in comparison to how important Jesus is.
While this seems simple for Christians to do, the actions we live everyday can reflect a different opinion. Is Jesus number one in our life? We must analyze how we are conducting ourselves everyday in order to get a feel for it. Where is our time spent? Our energy? Our resources? If we claim the name of the Lord and yet do not abide in constant commune with Christ, who is He according to our lives?
It makes me think about that question I see going around the internet. It asks, “If you were taken to court for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” It’s a discovery question that helps us analyze our life and see where we are truly relying on God and where we can improve.
Everything is garbage outside of Jesus Christ, does our life reflect this truth?
4.) Pick up your cross daily
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Back in Jesus’ day, the cross wasn’t a symbol of atonement. It was a symbol of agony, pain and death. What’s being said in this passage is we are Christians are to be dying to self day in and day out. Jesus understands our struggle in relation to dying to ourselves and thus the reason why we have so many passages on the subject matter.
This plays closely along the same line as renewing our mind. It’s a continuous progression of growth and spiritual development we must work on each day.
5.) Watch Yourself Die
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Our selfish will and own desires only honor one person, ourselves. When we enter into a relationship with God and Jesus is our Lord and savior this changes. While we still have that hunk of flesh we carry around, it’s dead.
This shouldn’t be confused with being unhappy, unjoyful or anything along those lines. When we die to self, we lose our desires for selfishness. Instead, we have a holy and righteous agenda that aligns with God when we stay in communion with Him.
We leave the past behind us, carry our cross daily and we see the old self die, along with all those old desires we once had.
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