Day 198 – Self at Centre
On: May 17, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. Luke 15:11-13

We have arrived at one of the best loved of Jesus stories; a tale that gives precious insights into God’s purposes and character. However, we’ll have to wait a couple of days to get to the good bit. First off, we have to recognise our own waywardness and helplessness, masterfully portrayed in the person of the younger son.

How ugly it is. The son demands his inheritance, saunters off, leaving family ties and responsibilities behind him … and blows everything.

It’s a well worn cliche that “I” is at the centre of sin. It’s well worn because it’s true! Sin is usually talked about as the bad things we do. Actually, it runs deeper than that. It is the life decision that puts self at the centre of all we do.

I wish I could say that, having understood this, I have cracked it. But “I” is very persistent and doesn’t like being sidelined. How often do I catch myself angling situations to my best advantage? If we are to gain real benefit from Jesus’s story, we must see that it applies not just to runaways, but to you and I. The apostle Paul, megaman that he was, knew all about this:

I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Romans 7:21-24

Let’s leave this question hanging in the air, for we need to feel its weight and sense our own inability to do anything about it before we move on.


Father God, please show me the truth about myself. Enable me to see what my real motivations are. Reveal to me my transgressions. And who it is that I have sinned against. Amen.

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