It’s Not You – It’s Him

Having four children a common saying in our home is – “It’s not about you” (this especially holds true having three daughters).  This attitude is not unique.  It is a common theme which permeates through our culture today.  In the world we are taught from our youth that 2nd place is the 1st place loser.  We must outwit and out play everyone all the time to get a leg up because we have to be number one.  It’s in our human nature to make everything about ourselves and some of us have gotten really good at it.    

Unfortunately this “me” centered theme has bled over into our church lives as well.  We often say “Why me Lord?”  Why am I the only one going through this – it’s not fair.  Well whatever you are going through the Lord is with you.  We just need to step outside of ourselves and realize God is so much bigger than us.

As with most worldly themes God’s word says something completely different.  Our Father tells us to pray for our enemies.  He tells us to give in order to receive – that’s weird and it’s OK.  Jesus tells us it’s alright to be 2nd.  In the world to grow physically we have to get bigger (bigger muscles).  However, to grow in grace and to grow spiritually we have to get smaller – it’s not about us.

John 3:30

30He must increase, but I must decrease.


We need to lose our “me” focus and fix our eyes on Jesus.  Let’s look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.  When our focus is on Him it can’t be on us. 

By redirecting our attention away from ourselves and away from the things of this world we can begin to understand there is a much greater purpose and meaning to our lives.  When we lose our life for His sake we can find our life.  We can find our true calling and understand the incredible value of serving God.

Matthew 10:39

39He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.


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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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