Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dying to self...

hav been pondering on this 3 words for quite some time n i found this posted up on my home church blog

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught (means zero),
and you don't sting and hurt with the insult,
but your heart is happy being counted worthy to suffer for Christ...
that is DYING TO SELF.

When your good is evil spoken of,
when your wishes are crossed,
your advise disregarded,
your opinions ridiculed,
and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself,
but take it all in patient, loving silence....
that is DYING TO SELF.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder,
any irregularity,
any annoyance (EGR cases, for eg!);
when you stand face-to-face
with waste, folly, extravagance, spriritual insensibility,
and endure it as Jesus endured...
that is DYING TO SELF.

When you are content with any food (durian, NEVER!),
any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment (ramen?? means clothing...hehe),
any interruption by the will of God...
that is DYING TO SELF.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation,
or to record your own good works,
or itch after commendations,
when you can truly love to be unknown...
that is DYING TO SELF.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met,
and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit
and feel no envy nor question God,
while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances...
that is DYING TO SELF.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself
and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly,
finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart...
that is DYING TO SELF.

So what do we live for? To die...

Are you dead yet? In these last days, the Spirit would bring us to the cross, "That I may know him...Being made conformable unto His death," Phil. 3:10

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