Beware of Your “Self” Did you know that the plan God has for your life is directly connected to the plan He has for someone else’s life? Sadly, there is an easy way for you to miss it. If you have a habit of allowing your feelings and emotions to get out of control, you can easily miss God’s plan. Do you want to stay ever-ready for God to use you to help others? If so, I’ve got four words for you: Get Over Your “Self”.
See, your “self” can be a pretty feisty character. Your “self” has a tendency to want to be right, standout, look good, outshine, and impress. Your “self” seeks immediate gratification; NO behind-the-scenes jobs for him or her. “Self” believes that the ONLY PLACE to be is front and center. The agenda for your “self” is clear: The goal is to be celebrated, appreciated, congratulated and maybe even laminated, but, BEWARE! While seeking respect and recognition, your “self” can easily cause you to miss the plan and purpose of God.
Her Daughter or Her “Self” Take the woman in Matthew chapter 15 (verses 22-28) for example. Her daughter was being tormented by a devil. There was no “911”available; no “Ask a Nurse” to call. There was no “GetTheDevilOut.com”. There were no video tutorials available. But there was a man named Jesus.
So the woman runs to Jesus desperate and crying, “Have mercy on me…my daughter is vexed with a devil!” Initially, Jesus said nothing. (Now let’s pause and note something here: Jesus heard her, but did not to respond to her. That woman’s “self” could have demonstrated a bad attitude as a result of Jesus’ silence. She could have thought, “I know he heard me. Who does he think he is?” But instead, she got over her “self” and stood her ground. Then Jesus tells her, “Listen, I wasn’t sent here for you, you Canaanite. I was sent for the Jews.” Seriously? Did he just make a racial comment? At this point, her “self” could have really let Jesus have it. She could have said, “What? So now you think you’re better than me?” But instead, she worshipped him. Rejected not once, but twice . . . and she worships him.
Then she asked again. This time in His response, Jesus compares her to a dog. Now at this point, most of us would need to have someone hold us back. We would have been ready to physically pounce on Jesus. Many of us would have had that Nobody-Talks-To-Me-Like-That-And-Gets-Away-With-It response. She could have said, “Listen, Jesus, If you don’t want to help me, that’s fine, but the name-calling is totally unnecessary”. Remember, this woman’s daughter was still being vexed by a devil and Jesus, basically, just calls her a dog. The woman remained steadfast. Her response was, “Lord, call me a dog if you choose. But, even as a dog, I’d get the crumbs that fell from the Master’s table.”
Three requests followed by three rejections. Three opportunities to get upset, prideful, offended, insulted, slighted and feel overlooked. She could have given up and decided to pity her “self.” But each time, she remembered what was at stake. She understood that her mission was far too big for her to let her “self’” get in the way. As a result, Jesus’ next words were, “Woman, your faith is great. Be it unto you as you’ve requested”.
See, this woman understood that when you allow your feelings, emotions, your “self” to take center stage, you short-circuit the Spirit of God from operating and you can hinder God from working through you on the behalf of others.
Because this woman was able to get over her “self,” the plan of God was fulfilled. As a result of getting over her “self,” her daughter’s deliverance was secured. When she demonstrated that she was over her “self,” her prayer was answered. As a result, her persistence and pit bull tenacity has become an example for you and me.
Call to ACTION So, what do you say? Are you willing to get over your “self” to fulfill God’s plan and help someone else? Here’s your LifeSpeak this Week assignment: For the next 7 days, start your mornings by saying this simple prayer: Thank you God for reminding me to get over my “self.” Going forward, I will seek to help others without allowing my feelings, emotions or my “self” to hinder Your spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
So the next time you have an opportunity to feel slighted, insulted, offended and overlooked, take a moment to remember what’s at stake. There is an enemy out there vexing people; troubling their lives and sabotaging their futures. They need YOU to be able to go to the Master on their behalf. But BEWARE: The enemy’s plan is to get you more focused on your “self” than on your mission. God has a plan to deliver people through you, but you can’t allow your feelings and emotions, or rather, your “self,” to get in the way. When you are tempted to go off, give up or get offended… STOP! Remember these words and take a minute to . . . Get Over Your “Self.”
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