Someone has said, “When a man lives entirely for himself, he soon becomes obnoxious to himself.”
The Indian poet, Nobel Prizewinner, Rabindranath Tagore, wrote:
"I walk out alone
on the way to my tryst,
but who is this me in the dark?
I step aside to avoid his presence,
but I escape him not.
He makes the dust rise
from the earth with his swagger.
He adds his loud voice
to every word I utter.
He is my own little self, my Lord,
he knows no shame.
But I am ashamed
to come to Thy door in his company." - from 'Gitanjali'
Christ demanded, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let his deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23).
Tozer said, “Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. Self can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by instruction. As well try to instruct leprosy out of our system. There must be a work of God in destruction before we are free. We must invite the Cross to do its deadly work within us.” - The Persuit of God, Wilder Publications 2008.
A minister left his pulpit to go to medical school and became a doctor.
An old friend saw him several years later and expressed surprise at his career change, but remarked that he assumed it had been for compassionate reasons.
“Not at all,” the doctor responded, “the reasons were purely economic. I discovered that people will pay more money to care for their bodies than for their souls.”
Several years lapsed before the friend saw him again, and discovered that he had left medicine for law.
“What was your reason this time?” he asked.
“Simple economics again,” replied the ex-minister, ex-doctor attorney. “I discovered that people will pay more to prove they are right than to care for either body or soul.”
“Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away!” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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