O – Observation:
Blackaby states that, “Self-centeredness is a subtle trap… Like King Asa, you can avoid it (self-centeredness) at one time and fall right into the trap at another time. God-centeredness requires a daily death of self and submission to God.”
In reading John 12:20-36 – Jesus predicts his death; he tells the analogy of a wheat kernel which must be planted in soil and dies, or it is alone. However, in its death, the kernel will produce many new kernels. Jesus said that if a person loves their life (more than anything else does) they would lose it, as all people will eventually die. Those who do not care about their lives, (give sacrificially for others, even if they lose their earthly lives) will keep it for eternity. It’s difficult to read the two statements here and not ask yourself the question, “why?”.
In regards to Blackaby’s interpretation, we as Christ followers must die daily to our selfishness in order to be God-centered and submit to God.
A – Application:
How can I apply this to my life? I would need to start my day and seek the Lord first as it states in Matthew 6:33, I would also need to be consciously aware in my thought process of, “What would Jesus do?” In order to be God-centered, my decisions are based on what is pleasing to the Lord. This is a challenge, surrounded by the world’s influence of “What’s in it for me?” – Life as we know it is temporary. How do we place God first and have him in the center of our lives and not be stampeded upon or used like a rug. How do we take one scripture and say, “I want to know and do God’s purpose not my own.”
Read from: Experiencing God – Unit 2 – Day 1
S – Scripture:
John 12:24-25 “24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. Nevertheless, its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. 25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. NLT
P – Prayer:
Father forgive me for my sins, help me to know and do your will. Lord may your grace fall upon me. Help me to do what is expected. Allow me eyes to see and ears to hear, the beauty and blessings you have given me. Give me strength, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to do your will. Let not the things I do be my plans, but yours. Help me to die daily to self-centeredness and help me to be God-centered. In Jesus name, amen.
Date: 04 April 2010
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