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Being My Own Man

I remember when our kids were younger they would have mock elections at school. It was interesting when it came to the presidential elections because they held them before the actual national election day.

The results were accurate to the outcome of the general election, and we can all guess why. Kids were voting according to their parents beliefs.

We all like to think that we grow past that and become our own person. I think, therefore I am (and all that). None of us are influenced by culture or heredity or political propaganda or God forbid, advertising.

We tend to think we’re above all that, but are we? If we were to be completely honest, our feelings toward a certain topic may have just as much to do with where we were born than what the “truth” is, but that’s where Jesus comes in—saving the day as usual.

Here’s what C.S. Lewis says about the subject,

 

This is what the Bible teaches and experience shows me. In surrender, I find my true self and true voice. I don’t have anything but the “empty way of life handed down to me by my forefathers” as 1 Peter 1 describes until I am awakened and brought to life in Christ. Losing my life, I find it. Forsaking the false personality, I receive the real.

Incredibly (but understandably given the immenseness of our God), this doesn’t mean we all think, look, act, dream, process, or express ourselves the same. Every person living their created and divinely purposed destiny—that’s what He is after. Restoration of every man, woman, and child extending to the redemption of all creation.

Now that’s what I call a movement.

What do you think? Are you your “own person” or have you derived your freedom from delighting in being His person?


This is the part of our book club discussion for the final week of Mere Christianity (disclosure) by C.S. Lewis. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.

12 Comments

  1. One of the quotes from the book that I noticed but did not use seems :

    The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.

    We were initially created in His image… and then we fell. If we can turn everything over to His control, we can then become all He intended us to be.

    • Just makes perfect sense when we think of it that way, doesn’t it? Thank you Dusty.

  2. I would go so far as to argue that even after we come to Christ, we still are influenced greatly by others. The church you attend, the Christians you spend time with, the authors you read do all shape the way you interpret scripture and live it out. I think it comes down to the fact that we were created to be in relationship and community, and those things do change us.

    Great post, Jason!
    Jason Vana recently posted..A God-sized GPSMy Profile

    • Great point, Jason. We really have to be aware of who we associate with and let ourselves be influenced by. Thanks.

  3. Back to Rom. 12: 1-2…

    He transforms us by renewing the way we think…

    but it still co-exist with the old ways of thinking…

    both are influenced…but the HOLY Spirit should influence more to those in Christ!
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    • Amen to that. That’s what I want! Thanks Arny.

  4. I’m still in the renewal process! :-) I have not reached such a state of holiness that I can consider Him done with me and myself truly lost in Him. Most likely won’t be until I’m dead. But I do love teaching CCD and being part of Women’s Prayer Group. Is that me or me losing myself in Him? Whatever. I love Him and He loves me. I need to stop analyzing and over thinking this relationship and just enjoy it!
    Helen recently posted..Saving One’s LifeMy Profile

    • I believe the moment we receive His salvation, we are submerged into a new life, real life (sort of like the Matrix with way less Keanu). Things try to push us out of that, but He keeps drawing us back and restoring and reviving. I’m right there with you, Helen--in process and loving it. :) Thanks.

  5. the older my earthly self gets, the more i become His and not my own. all kinds of dying takes me to that place.

    that is how we all go, we give it up when we finally notice it’s gone, and not usually before that.

    we hang on to self, like a dog with a bone…until we get to tired to do it anymore.

    and that is the time when we realize that we could have done it sooner and not lost anything of worth, but, could have gained something special much sooner.

    • You bring a wise perspective, Nance. Thanks so much.

  6. I’ve never even read or heard anything about this. Of course it makes perfect sense. We are who we REALLY are due to the One who made us.

    • Exactly! It’s a novel way to say it, but it makes perfect sense. Love how simple it is if we really understand it. :) Thanks Floyd.