No long live for themselves // 20-04-22

β€œHe died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NLT

We live in a culture that worships self. This is the age of selfies, self promotion, our prescribed goal in life to be true to ourselves! And yet Jesus said that’s not where real life is found. He said to follow Him will mean actually denying self! The order of the day might be to embrace your inner self, but the Bible tells us to throw off our old sinful nature that is corrupted by lust and deception, and to let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes, putting on our new nature, created to be like God, truly righteous and holy (Eph 4:22-24). Jesus offers us a life that isn’t defined by the unsatisfied demands and cravings of self, but by His good, pleasing and perfect will, as I choose to follow Him. Lord, I don’t want to miss out on your amazing plans because I’m too consumed with my own thoughts and feelings. Help me to live this new resurrected life, renew my mind, guide me in Your liberating truth, lead me along Your fulfilling paths, and may my life be less about me and increasingly about knowing and reflecting You. Amen πŸ™ŒπŸΌβ€οΈ