Devotions from Jan Johnson’s book, “Invitation to the Jesus Life”
Jesus asks us to do the reverse of what society urges of us… to stop thinking about self and taste the self-giving love of God.
Jesus didn’t focus his life on getting his needs met and didn’t push himself forward or look for glory. Emptying of self was Jesus’ way.
We tend to live in a state of self-absorption, we want what we want when we want it. It’s all about power and possessions.
Instead we need to release the desire to have things our way and be open to how God wants to lead us and give to us.
“If we die to self-absorption, the best in us will emerge.” Death to self leads to real life.
Not focusing on self gives us time and strength to pay attention to what’s really important.
More on this tomorrow on what death to self looks like.