If you have gotten anything at all out of following our Lord, if His love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care at all – then please, do something for me: Be united with one other, love each other, be one in spirit and purpose. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t con your way to the top. Get over yourself, put yourself aside, and help others get to know Jesus. Don’t be obsessed with getting your way. Forget yourselves and see to it that others see Jesus alive and at work within you. – loose paraphrase of Philippians 2:1-4
As our children grow we give them instruction and advice and guidance. We discipline them, but for the greater purpose that they will themselves become self-disciplined people. They make mistakes, we help them through. They make good choices, we praise them for it. All the while with the objective that they would become mature adults.
Certainly we never cease to be mom and dad to them. I joke and say that my goal in parenting is to work myself out of a job! But Tiersa doesn’t like it when I say it at all, so forget I said that…. 🙂 We’ll never cease to be our children’s parents. But the goal is that they would think for themselves. That they would develop a healthy, mature perspective of life. That they themselves would become God-honoring, Spirit-filled, Christ-centered adults (and if we ourselves are not God-honoring, Spirit-filled, Christ-centered how can we expect them to be?). That they would see that the world is bigger than themselves, but that they play a significant, God-ordained role.
Scripture calls us to a big-picture view of God, but also to an objective view of ourselves. To a mature way of processing life. To seeing life through a Christ-like lens. To having Kingdom insight and Kingdom vision.
The goal is one of spiritual depth. Spiritual maturity. To seek out and search for avenues in which our Redeemer might reveal Himself to others through us. To demonstrate unity amidst diversity. Love amidst conflict. To get over ourselves but to be unable to get over what God has done through Jesus. To put ourselves aside for the greater purpose of the Kingdom. To not be obsessed with getting our way, but rather, to forget ourselves and see to it that others recognize Jesus in us.
To learn to: “Think beyond me.”
Glory to God!