Right self image in view of Jesus
I have been trying to put this into words in a number of sermons during the past few years. As I was reading Bill Johnsons book “Hosting the Presence” I was overjoyed to find that he puts it perfectly. Check it out:
Sometimes we get an unhealthy view of our lives and our own place in Gods plan. I have heard so many pray, “None of me, all of You!” Its a noble prayer. Im sure it comes out of a desire to not have our selfishness exert any influence on the outcome of things. But God had none of us before we were created. He didn’t like it. Thats why He made us.
It’s not as though we don’t matter and only Jesus matters. Many take John the Baptists prayer as a model, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30). That is actually not a legal prayer for us. John was closing out a season as the greatest Old Testament prophet. He was passing the baton on to Jesus who would initiate the existence of the Kingdom of God on earth. The focus was shifting from John and the Law to Jesus and the Kingdom. John had to decrease. Jesus had to increase. But when Jesus left the earth He didn’t say we were to decrease. Instead He passed that same baton on to us with His name, power, and authority and commissioned us to continue in what He started. “As the Father sent me, I also send you” (John 20:21). What is needed is not less of us and more of Him. What is needed is all of us covered and filled by all of Him!
(quoted from Bill Jonsons book “Hosting the Presence”)
Pastor Pekka Perho