Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers righteousness on you.Hosea 10:12
As I passed through the empty hospital lobby, an abandoned television blasted a medical infomercial touting the benefits of cosmetic surgery. A spokesperson quipped, “Is there still just a little bit too much of you?”
“How comical,” I thought, stepping into the elevator. “Some people are so vain.” I reached out to push the button for my floor, and at that exact moment the Holy Spirit whispered, “David, is there still just a little bit too much of you?” I understood what God was getting at; there was too much of me in my relationship with Him.
Pride is the sin of making self our god.Oswald Chambers
Picture a pad of paper.
At that point in my life, I had relegated God to the margins. In the center of the page, where people normally write, THAT was MINE. Over on the sides–in the left and right margins–that was God’s. I quickly fell under conviction that the whole page was rightfully His; I had no right to fence off the “ME” ranch. My attempt to reduce God to the size of my choosing had left a huge field of unplowed ground between us. The realization hit me, as I rode alone in that creaky elevator: if God wasn’t everything to me He wasn’t anything.
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.Jesus (Matthew 16:24-25)
Today, the Holy Spirit asks each of us anew, “Is there still just a little bit too much of you?”