While Christmas Shopping

4 Dec

Think about this all-important gift:

“We don’t move [toward intimacy] by saying we hate self.  Self-centeredness, selfishness, and turning self inward are bad, but self by itself is not.  We can’t ignore what Christ said to the Pharisees.  He said we should love the Lord our God with all of our self (Matthew 22:37).  Self is intended to be a gift to God.  But instead, we keep taking self back and putting it into the center where Christ belongs.  It’s no wonder we have difficulty seeing Him clearly.  We need to ask Him to take it–to take all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, all our strength–all of self for Him.  This is the joy of connectedness.  This is a step toward intimacy.”  ~ Joseph Stowell in Radical Reliance

And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).  Matthew 22:37

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