Friday, September 25, 2015
Have you ever wondered why many rich celebrities spend thousands, perhaps millions, of dollars traveling the world in the hope of finding themselves, as they put it? I was reminded of this trend some time back when I caught a few minutes of a popular TV talk show. In it, one supposedly famous book writer spoke of a life-changing concept she learned from an old witch doctor in Indonesia. I wonder how she is doing now. If you know someone personally who constantly expresses a desire to find themselves, may I remind you that this is nothing new? It is the same old feeble attempt by many to find a meaningful life on their own and in their own terms. They don’t want to do things God’s way. Poor deluded souls! They will throw away a good chunk of their fortune on this foolishness and never get anything meaningful in return.
I do not know, nor do I remember ever reading in the Bible, that God wants us to find ourselves. I do know that He wants us to find Him. Isaiah 55:6 says that we should “seek the Lord while He may be found and call upon Him while He is near.” As for as finding ourselvesgoes, all we ever need to know about ourselves can be found within the pages of the Bible. The first stanza of an old, old hymn, “Holy Bible Book Divine”, which I sang as a boy in the Presbyterian church, says this: [ “Holy Bible, Book Divine / Precious treasure thou art mine; / Mine to tell me whence I came, / Mine to teach me what I am” ]
The best way to know ourselves, is to know God first, and we will know Him by knowing His Son, Jesus Christ. Once we come to Him asking Him to forgive us and committing our life into His hands, we will know a little bit more about ourselves every day, assuming we will draw close to Him by way of church attendance, prayer, and bible study. In time, we will be able to confidently sing what a favorite chorus of many believers of today says, “I know who I am, I know who I am, I know who I am, I am His, and He is mine” Go ahead, make every effort to find yourself, as long as you do it by way of Christ.
Memory verse for the week: (Matthew 9:36) “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”