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Day 37 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Colossians 3:11 NLT

‘In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.’

I am amazed at the number and variety of the routes to self-realisation today. Employment involves participating in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Belbin Team Inventory. Some within the Church will have participated in the Enneagram of Personality. All promise to yield a greater insight into who I am. In what some have called an age of narcissism, meaning an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself, we are becoming increasingly self-absorbed. This search for identity can prove helpful, yet only in as far as it enables me to participate more fully in all of life. The danger is that I can end up wrapped up in myself and aware of how I need to be treated if life is to become rewarding and fulfilling.

Initially, I think I worked these various tools to evaluate myself and to better understand myself so I could get more out of life. With colleagues, we joked about our own personas as described by such tests, and ordered life around what we thought we’d learned about ourselves. As I have revisited such psychological exercises, without the inner desire to manipulate the outcome, I have discovered I am not scoring the same. Is the person I now am truly who I was created to be? Or has life’s experience and my journey with God changed my whole approach to the world?

St Paul advises us that in Christ, in spite of ethnic, cultural, religious, social, political and economic differences between us, we, in fact, share a common identity of Christ. The closer I grow to reflecting Christ, so the more completely I demolish barriers within myself and between myself and others. As I relax into being accepted by God, so I can more readily accept others for who they are. St Paul speaks of this as ‘a renewal’ (AMP), a return to the validity of who I was always created to be by God.

QUESTION: Do you see any tendency in your own life to be self-absorbed?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, may your life be ever more evident in me.

Written by: Matt Weet

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