I posted yesterday about how Christ chose to be less and became more because of that. I briefly discussed how I need to become less so that Christ can help me become more. I want to continue that conversation today.
It says in the scriptures that the natural man is an enemy to God. I would sometimes think of this and think that I wasn’t so bad. I thought that I don’t really have an inclination to do evil so how can that be an enemy to God? The more I learn of myself and God, the more I learn that the natural man is an enemy to God.
I am not a bad person. I enjoy helping others and being friendly and understanding. However, I am also very selfish. I want recognition, praise, love, admiration, and the feeling of being wanted. Those are things we all want. They are natural. So… how do those things make us an enemy to God?
The more we seek for these natural desires, the farther we stray from the desires God wants us to have. God wants us to love others.
Charity suffereth long, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth.is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
None of those things are natural. I don’t want to bear all things. I do seek my own. I am easily provoked. And I fail all the time.
The great thing is that I don’t have to be like this. I don’t have to keep my natural desires and inclinations. I can choose to go to Christ and allow Him to change me. I can choose to be less of me so that I can become more of Him.
So my goal is to become less of myself in order to become more of Christ, until I find myself by becoming lost in Him.