The Barna Group of researchers has published that 76% of surveyed practicing Christians see the best way to “find yourself” is to look within yourself. I would understand that the 91% of all U.S. adults might believe that way with all the self-help books and TV shows spouting that nonsense, but the Christians?
Are we thinking it is the “born again” Christians…you know, the ones with an all new inner spirit; that looking within they actually find something not of their own making? Or, are we thinking that we are all sinners and we all have an evil heart, a heart that wants to rebel and not follow God? While we were created to glorify God, our freedom to love God or to love ourselves is also God given out of love. We have a choice.
John 15:13 tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for our friends; that is selfless love! That is what Jesus did for you…what are you going to do in return for that love? There is no repayment possible. There is only thanksgiving! To do something good in return…so…do you think doing something good for yourself is the right way to say thank you to Jesus? Or, to do something good for others?
Again, what is the best way to find yourself? To “look” selfishly within, or to “do” selflessly for others? Ephesians 2:8 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God.” If you are a “born again” Christian, it is by the gift from God and not your own doing…so…should you be looking within to find yourself? Or, should you set your eyes upon Jesus…the one that made you wonderfully alive and really worth something?