Saturday, April 12, 2008

As "Self" Loses Its Grip

It has been three and a half months since I have spent a day in the classroom where I teach. It is so tempting to refer to it as "my classroom," but I am reminded almost every day that it really doesn't belong to me. But what a privilege it is when God allows me to use that space to do that which brings me great joy: teach young people.

In the classroom, I have posted many of my favorite quotations. Quotations that remind me who God is, who I am, and what He has called me to be and to do for Him.

I enjoy quotations from John MacArthur, John Piper, Andrew Murray, John Ortberg, A.W. Tozer, and, of course, Charles Spurgeon.

One of my favorite quotes is from Charles Spurgeon.

I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him.

This quote captures the essence of who Spurgeon was desiring to become in Christ. If you are at all familiar with Paul's letters in the New Testament, you will recognize that this could easily been said by him.

Each day, it is a little less about me, and a little more about Him. Of course, it is always about Him, but "self" resists the truth and insists on hanging on. As "self" slowly loosens its grip, I experience greater peace and joy, knowing that Jesus Christ is my all in all.

1 comment:

Lloyd Covenant Marriage Seminars said...

I understand you. I guess that’s just the thing if you belong to the human race. That’s what I’ve learned when my wife and I attended a series of covenant marriage seminars.