Today, I want to share with you a brief thought. I am constantly praying this short prayer: “Less of me and more of You, Jesus.” Those eight words sum up my need to die to self daily and allow Jesus to work in and through me every moment of every day.
Let’s be honest—isn’t that all of us? We all need more of Him and less of ourselves. Human nature fights the desire to be selfless because at the core human nature is selfish. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All implies you and me and everyone else that’s alive or has been in the past or will be in the future—that is until Jesus returns.
Why is dying to self so hard?
I think Romans 3:23 answers that pretty well. We are, by nature, sinful. But that’s not what God desires. One might argue: then why does God make us that way at birth? That’s a fair question, I think. But it seems to imply that God created us with a sinful nature.
That is not true. God created nothing bad or sinful. When humanity—along with creation—fell into sin everything changed.
Sin is the reason dying to self is so hard.
Before the fall happened selfishness did not plague humanity.
Every day I must fight the urge to think only of myself and put others first—more importantly, to put Jesus first in everything. It’s to go against the way of the world to do what we are called to do by God—to die to self. Luke 9:23 says, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” To follow Jesus we must make less of ourselves—we must die to self—take up our cross and follow Him. He never promised an easy road but repeats throughout Scripture commands to not be afraid and that He will never leave us or forsake us. We can take those promises to the bank.
As we begin this week, I want to challenge you to reflect on Luke 9:23 (mentioned above) and on Galatians 2:20 mentioned here: “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Jesus gave up everything for you and me.
In return, we should give Him everything—beginning with our lives.
To be resolute in our faith is to die to self daily making more room for Jesus and less for ourselves.
As you reflect on those Scriptures, what are some things you need to let go of to make room for more of Jesus and less of you? Comment below!