Self-forgetfulness


Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)

Recently, as Susan and I were reading through the book Grace Walk by Steve McVey, I realized that I have been very self-absorbed. In the last chapter we read, the author asked the question, “Do you find yourself absorbed with self-analysis?” (111) “Yes,” I thought to myself, “that’s me!” I realized that I think about myself a lot and much of what I do—even little things like weighing myself each day—is driven by a self-focus instead of a God focus. I realized that I needed to forget about myself and let Jesus be the head of my life.

In Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he uses the metaphor of the human body to describe our life in Christ. Jesus is the head and, therefore, his thoughts are our thoughts and his wisdom, love and life fill and enliven us. “For in him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28). A toe does not spend time thinking about itself, nor does a toe have a life apart from the rest of the body. We think that a toe is less of a toe if it cannot be independent and self-sufficient. But the truth is a toe is more of a toe if it is connected to the body and has Jesus as its head.

When we toes decide to forget about ourselves, let Jesus be the head of our life and follow what he tells us, our lives become much simpler and freer.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, help me to forget about myself. Please be the head of my life. Help me to hear your voice and follow what you say to me. Amen.

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About James Paulgaard

Living in the in between, becoming, but not quite there yet, old and new mixed together, hanging on with all my might to the One who is holding onto me.
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