It’s not about me either.
“6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6-8 (NASB)
In verse 7, the Greek word εκενωσεν means “1) to empty, make empty 1a) of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God 2) to make void 2a) deprive of force, render vain, useless, of no effect 3) to make void 3b) cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, false” But what exactly does it mean to empty yourself? Especially in this context?
We all have desires, goals, hopes, aspirations, and dreams. As parents we see a future for our children; “the way we think it ought to be.” To empty ourselves is to lay all that aside and live for Christ. Forget about who you are and what you want. But also know that He knows who you are; your hopes, your dreams. He knows you personally and intimately. He knows what you need better than you do. He created you.
By living in Him as He lives through us, we know that one of two things will happen: (1) Your hopes and dreams will come true in God’s timing, or (2) God will show you a different, better plan for your life. Don’t think I am ascribing to the prosperity gospel. Life in Christ is far from a walk in the park – sometimes I think we could use some persecution so that we would have a better understanding of our faith. But that’s for a whole nother post altogether – This is the simplicity of my mind attempting to understand who I am to be in Christ.
Hence the name “denyyourself.” It’s not about you and it’s not about me. It’s all about Him. We have been bought with a price, created to glorify Him alone. In my own personal experience, living for myself is miserable. God has a plan, Jeremiah 29:11 (to reference an over used text), for me. And “If ever God gave me evidence that He had a plan for me, it was the night He brought ‘Brandy’ into my life.” (Ronald Regan – But if you know my story, you know how true those words are. She is my living proof.)
The only question is, whom will you live for today? Yourself? The momentary pleasures of the world? You make that choice everyday by your actions. What will you do today?