Dying to Self

by Ole Anthony

         Editor's forward: It was Oswald Chambers who warned the church: "Beware of allowing anything to soften a hard word of Jesus Christ's." One of those "hard sayings" is Luke 9:23: "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (cf. similarly Matt. 16:24 and Mark 8:34). Taking up our cross speaks of dying to self-and here Ole Anthony reminds us bluntly what dying to self is all about.

When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patient loving silence, that is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face to face with the waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility...and endure it as Jesus endured it, that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God, that is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown, that is dying to self.

When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances, that is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, that is dying to self.

Are you dead yet? In these last days the Spirit would bring us to the Cross. "That I may know Him...being made conformable to His death."

© Ole Anthony, president of www.trinity.org. Reprinted by permission.

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