For all that is in the world--the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions--is not from the Father but is from the world. 1 Joh 2:16 ESV
We are discussing the “false self” and the “true self”. The “false self” consists, among other things, of all the falseness and pretence in our lives. In practice it often boils down to the following:
- WHAT I HAVE. In this world money and material possessions count, because we allow them to define us. Our desire, therefore, is for new cell phones, for shiny cars and beautiful houses – not for their inherent worth, but to buy the esteem of others.
- WHAT I DO. We want to compete and perform, to be “winners”, so that others will see us as successful. We therefore strive for the honour of men, for status and acknowledgement.
To live according to the expectations or approval of others can be unsatisfactory, though, because there will always be more expectations, more goals to be achieved to be seen as “successful”. No, these things are the false goals of the false self – the false lifestyle of a false world! What are the true goals of the “true self”? Remember: true success lies in WHO I AM – in my sincerity, my gratitude and contentment, my relationships and love, my walk with God. Oh, what success, what a blessing!
Lord, help me to live authentically – not for the approval of others, but for yours. Amen.
Live sincerely and authentically!
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