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There is a bunch of talk in the NT about dying to yourself, or being crucified with Christ, or losing your life to gain it, or dying to the world… all very cryptic, esoteric phrases that can seem too mystical to have any real value.
We drove all day today, and listened to a bunch of MP3s on the iPod from Wayne Jacobsen. He was emphasizing this idea in a few of the sessions we listened to, and he said this:
“When you have nothing left to gain, nothing left to lose and nothing left to prove… now you’re really ready to be a vessel for God in the world.”
I think this is one of the most essential truths to life. It is woven throughout all of my songs. I mention it in most every thing I say from any stage I speak from. I teach my kids about it. I write about it. I actually hope to gather all of my random thought about this one thing into a book.
Now listen closely, because I’m going to state it clearly and concisely right here. A truth so profound, an abundance of books have not scratched the surface of its depth. So lend an ear… listen up…
It’s not about you.
That’s it. It’s not about you. When we can get to the point, as Wayne said, where we have nothing to gain, nothing to lose and nothing to prove… life is simple. Life is FUN! Life is right. Our life is not about our appearance, or our pride, or our agenda, or anything about us at all really. Then we can know the abundant life God has planned for us.
Freedom abounds when we can really grasp this truth. It comes from trust as mentioned in an earlier blog. It comes from relationship. It comes from a complete focus on others, and God… NOT on you.
I realized when he said that how much my life is still about me. And how I don’t want it to be. So, look out! I am going to work on focusing on Jesus even more, and when I do, I bet YOU will come into focus even more.