For Christ to increase I must decrease. Think about all the things we say that reflect exactly the opposite. Self-esteem. Self-worth. Self-preservation. Self-respect.Self-talk. Self-evaluation. Take care of yourself. "Self" is the ultimate idolatry of godless people. You can't them blame them, they don't have any sense of any higher purpose than what they want, what they like, what make them happy. But what about us?
Could a Christian get caught up with the false god of self? Ummm....yes. In fact it happens all too often. My house, my stuff, my toys, my retirement plan. The way I look. The way I dress. The car I drive. The hobbies I can afford. The hobbies I can't afford! What I want. What I think. What I look like. What I need.
Look what the apostle Paul said in Philippians 2:14-18 and see if you could champion this same attitude in your life:
"Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing.Even if I am executed here and now, I'll rejoice in being an element in the offering of your faith that you make on Christ's altar, a part of your rejoicing. But turnabout's fair play—you must join me in my rejoicing. Whatever you do, don't feel sorry for me." (MSG)
Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 38-40