One of the most liberating things you can experience is to forget about YOUR needs! It is as different to our way of thinking as Copernicus’s view of the universe vs the prevailing geocentric view of the time; the math didn’t work out AND it seemed weird.
In 2 Corinthians 5:15 Paul stated, “he [Jesus] died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
“he [Jesus] died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” –2 Corinthians 5:15
Jesus died for everybody so that they wouldn’t continue to focus on themselves but on him. This is in such stark contrast to the gospel that is lived today which puts us at the center. It’s incredible how difficult it is to break free of the gravity around it and it even feels odd to attempt to do so. We have far too much experience in that atmosphere than in the one Jesus has brought to us. We even see his as alien to our natural way of being, somewhat akin to attempting to breathe underwater because we know there is oxygen freely available in the water.
We are convinced, though not necessarily consciously, that should we attempt life there, we will die. Being positive about it, we know it is possible because jesus said so, however, we really can’t fathom how to do it unless we bring our own breathing apparatus with us.
Listen to the prayers of most people, listen to your prayers. Do they sound anything like those of Jesus. Why? What he was seeing is starkly different from our view. It wasn’t because of who he was (God), it was because of what he was (a son).
The Christian life doesn’t work for most people. If we’re honest, we’ll admit it doesn’t work very well for us either, at least as we’ve been taught. The sad thing is we try to convince others it is the greatest thing ever and that they should also embrace it.
We all want freedom. The Word says the truth will set us free; it also alerts us to the information that Jesus is the Truth. When a life can be legitimately centered on him you discover the incredible reality that you can breathe underwater, that you are a bonafide child of an amazing Being who expresses Himself in and through you and that your life metamorphoses into a wildly satisfying and amazingly magnetic existence.