More Than You
Emily Teterud – Associate Marketing Director
This weekend we continued our Made for More series by talking through the idea of pride. It’s something that most people struggle with, although it’s easy to deny. The more we doubt it is a part of our lives, the more it tends to work it’s way into our thoughts and actions. Being aware of this pitfall to being Made for More is crucial as we discover we need less of ourselves and more of Jesus.
It’s easy to be consumed with ourselves. We live in a world that glorifies the idea of focusing on yourself. It’s a part of everyday life, and it’s tricky to turn that off and to recognize Jesus calls us to be countercultural when it comes to pride. Even thousands of years ago, we read about people who were prideful and the outcome that resulted from living a selfish life. Particularly, we read in the book of Daniel about King Nebuchadnezzar, who was known for his self-centeredness. In the end, he ends up being driven from his kingdom and living with wild animals, essentially going crazy.
What’s interesting is that the King was warned very specifically about what would happen to him. His response was to dismiss the warning and continue living his life of pride. This should challenge us to consider in what ways we respond to correction or the Holy Spirit when He convicts us in our hearts. Do we choose to change? Or do we continue in selfishness?
Pastor Cal also noted three delusions that tend to take over when we focus on pride:
Delusion #1: I’m “good enough” without Jesus.
Delusion #2: My life “should be” all about me.
Delusion #3: Being “self-absorbed” doesn’t make me “self-centered.”
It’s easy to justify actions in our heads, to compare with others that make us feel less guilty about the lives we are living. The truth we need to return to is Luke 9:23, which calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. The freedom and joy we experience when we discover the life God intended for us to live far outweighs any short-lived joy that comes from clinging to our selfish desires in this world.
God doesn’t say following Him will be easy. But He does promise His presence and His strength as we journey through, choosing to live with more of Him and less of ourselves.
Verses and quotes from the sermon:
Romans 12:3; Daniel 4:24-37; Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 64:6; John 3:26-30; Luke 9:23
“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else’ and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit… it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” CS Lewis
“There are only two ways possible of encountering Jesus: man must die, or he must put Jesus to death.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him to come and die.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
[The Stand – Hillsong Young and Free]
[Eyes On Heaven – Central Music]
[Resurrecting – Elevation Worship]