“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!” John 15:5-7 (NLT)
Oh, how easy it is to fall into the trap of self-sufficiency! We see something that needs to be done and instinctively we jump in and do it without hesitation or thought. Yet when we do not abide in Christ what we do through self-sufficiency does not bear fruit. Think about that for a moment…How many times has self-sufficiency produced hollow and empty results, “I achieved, yet what did I achieve?”
Prior to becoming a Christian, I was the poster child for self-sufficiency. My motto was if I was going to find what I sought, I had to take ownership of my success and happiness in myself. Funny thing about self-sufficiency is that once you achieve what you seek, there is emptiness in having achieved it. No matter how much success I achieved, promotions, increased responsibilities, or more money, nothing seemed to deliver what I thought would be the results of my achievements. (There are a lot of “I’s” and “My’s” in self- sufficiency!)
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13, 19 (ESV)
Recognize the warning signs of self-sufficiency, believing you are in charge, believing that if you alone have to do what needs to be done, believing you don’t need anybody. See a trend? Self-sufficiency leads to believing in no one but you and depending upon no one but yourself. In other words, EGO = Edging God Out.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
Abiding in our Lord and Savior is the most liberating feeling you can have, “try it you’ll like it”. Once you give your life to Christ an amazing transformation begins to take hold deep within. There is an inner peace that exists within you and what was once your driving force, “you”, gives way to the spirit of Christ within.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (ESV)
“We exist to show God’s love in such a way that people would exchange ordinary living for an extraordinary life through the transforming power of Jesus Christ.” Piedmont Church’s Mission Statement
If you find yourself being the CEO of your EGO, pause and look up and ask yourself this question, “Is what I’m doing filling the hole in my soul and bringing glory to God?” If not, ask Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior. It will be the best day you ever have because you will receive what you so desperately sought through self-sufficiency;
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (ESV)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
Gracious Father, blessed be Your Holy name. Lord God, we humbly come to You in heart felt prayer thanking You that while we pursued self to find our glory, You through Your grace gave us Your Son who knew no sin but became sin so we could be righteous before You. Lord, there are no words on our lips that can tell You how much Your sacrifice for us means to us. For You are the creator and we the creation, blessed be Your name.
Lord, we ask You to come into our hearts. May Your light shine through us and may we reflect Your light to others through the love You gave.
Father, it is in the name above all names, the King of kings, Lord of lords, Jesus Christ that we pray.
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!
May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!