We live in a self-centred world; everything evolves around man. Many people are not happy, despite their prosperity and riches. They don’t know, who they really are, and experience an emptiness in their life. Many people are looking and seeking for the ultimate happiness. They think, that when they’ll find their true self, they will find the peace and happiness they’re looking for, and that the feeling of emptiness will disappear. Through means of all kinds of philosophies, doctrines of man, and by applying the wisdom, knowledge and methods of the world, they try to find their true authentic ‘self’. They begin to analyse their behaviour, and dig into their past in order to find the answers, they are looking for. They want to explain every kind of conduct on the basis of their past. But a person, who wants to find himself/herself, shall never find himself/herself.
The deeper a person is digging, the more unhappy and miserable the person will become. The person shall not only become unhappy, but shall also get lost and stuck in the past. Because while the person is digging in the past, many other things from the past will also come up, and will cause a lot of hurt.
Finding your true self
But not only people, who don’t know Jesus Christ, dig in their past to find their true self. Many believers, who say they believe in Jesus Christ and made Him Lord over their life, are focused upon themselves, in order to find their true self. They become entangled in a web of lies and deceit.
When a person becomes born again in the spirit, by the Spirit of God, the person will lay down his/her flesh; the old man. Therefore the old man with its past, will not exist anymore. The person’s life will not evolve around the person anymore, and to please the carnal man, but the person’s life evolves around Jesus and to please and exalt Him and the Father.
When a person is digging in the past, looking for his/her true self, it means that the old man is still alive and present.
Put off the old man
As long as a person doesn’t put off the old man, a person will never become the new man; the new creation, who walks after the Spirit in obedience to the Word. Because the ‘self’ (the flesh) still sits and reigns on the throne of the person’s life.
The person shall stay focussed upon himself, or herself, and therefore (s)he shall never become the person, the new creation, that God has created him, or her, to be.
Jesus says: for whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Mat 16:25)
That means, that if someone wants to follow Jesus, (s)he will forget about self and lose sight of his/her own interest and shall be focused upon Jesus Christ; the Word, and shall walk the same road as Jesus.
The Word shall be the highest authority in the person’s life, and therefore the person shall listen and stay obedient to the Word.
Where can you find Jesus?
You can find Jesus in the Word, because he is the Living Word, who became flesh and walked upon this earth. Only by the Word, you shall get to know Him and His will, which corresponds with the will of the Father.
The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth (Jn 1:14)
Do you experience an emptiness in your life?
There are many believers, who think they have found Jesus, but still experience an emptiness. They are overwhelmed with negative feelings of depression and are not really happy. Maybe they’ll pretend that they are happy, when they go to church, and say that everything goes well.
But as soon as the service is over, and they’ll go home, they are being confronted with the emptiness in their life and overwhelmed again by all kinds of negative depressive feelings.They’ll try to stay as busy as possible and look for many distractions to keep them occupied, so that they will not be confronted with their true feelings. But that’s not the way, to solve the problem.
When you’ve really found Jesus, then the emptiness, you experienced, will immediately disappear. Because you have found the Life and your true destination. But after that, it’s important with what things you feed your mind and if you spend time with Jesus; the Word, or not.
As long as you stay focused upon yourself and live after the desires and lusts of your flesh, then these negative feelings of depression will remain in your life. Because you will reap what you sow. Therefore if you sow in the flesh, you shall reap the corruption of the flesh (Gal 6:8). But when you feed your mind with the Word and spend time with Him, you shall sow in the spirit. You shall reap the fruit of the Spirit; love, peace, long-suffering, joy, happiness etc. and eventually you shall reap eternal life.
Life is about finding Jesus
When you keep searching for your true self, by using the methods of the world, you shall not find true life, but eventually you shall find death. Only when you find Jesus, you shall find eternal life. This life in Him, shall give you the peace, happiness, and joy, that you’ve been looking for.
The world wants you to stay focussed upon your self, so that you keep living in darkness and experience all its misery. But God wants you to find the true life, through His Son Jesus Christ. He is your Creator and He knows you better than anyone else. He knows exactly what you need, in order to become the person He wants you to be.
Life on this earth is not about finding yourself, but it’s about finding Jesus. That’s why every person, on this earth, needs Jesus Christ!
‘Be the salt of the earth’