John 3:30 (ESV)
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
It's interesting how we like to focus on ourselves. One of the best ways to chitchat with someone is to ask his/her opinions about certain topics or to dwell on one of his/her favorite hobbies. All of a sudden even the shy person comes to life, talking almost non-stop.
Notice the advertisements around us. They are all geared to our ego.
What is also very interesting is that in the English language, the only pronoun that is capitalized is the "I".
What is even more amazing is that once we die, nobody even talks about us any longer and no encyclopedia will even think it worthwhile to mention our names.
Why do we tend to think of ourselves as being more important than we truly are?
Have you noticed that the more we focus on ourselves, the more worries abound and the more our stress level rises? How often have we heard ourselves say: "How can I handle all of this?"
Is it possible that we are focusing on the wrong person?
How different out lives would be if we focused on Jesus and those He loves instead of focusing on ourselves. Look at mother Theresa. Her only worry was to answer to the needs of all the hopeless around her. She had no time to worry about herself.
There is something to what David wrote: "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way." (Ps 25:9)
Too often we can't hear God's voice because we put too much importance on our own needs. How can He fill our arms if they are already filled with things we deem as important to this lives?
Did we even notice that Jesus' exemplary prayer contains no "I"s?
The same is true with all the worshiping of angels described in God's Word: No "I"s.
Daniel's prayers only contained two "I"s: Once for praising God, and the second to thank Him. No wonder he led an exemplary life that transformed lives around him!
This observation doesn't mean that individuality isn't important to God. On the contrary, it means that all of our needs are fulfilled in Jesus the Christ, especially when we know Him on an intimate personal level.
The "I" isn't what should be capitalized my friends. The "L" of Love should be, the Love that Jesus demonstrates towards all of humanity. This is how we truly can live constantly in a worshiping attitude if we start Loving like Jesus does and start minimizing our own ego.
Dear Lord, help our focus not be on “I” but to have a love for You and for others. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.