Your real, new self

“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”

C.S. Lewis

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2 thoughts on “Your real, new self

  1. It’s so perfect that this follows the Freedom Biker video! If we cannot be genuine, with each other and with God, we cannot be ourselves. I think one of the issues we all face as practicing Christians is finding a church that is not about pretence. It’s not about how you look on Sunday, how to talk, how others perceive you, what they’re going to think if you go to the altar, what they’re going to think if you raise your hands to worship or kneel in your pew to pray. When you can find a church where you don’t have to limit your worship or change who you are to enter, then you are genuine with God. And often, it’s not the church that’s the problem – it’s our desire to please everyone around us, except God.

    • This is so true. If we are self conscious then we can not be Christ conscious. One of the greatest weapons of the enemy is to get us looking at ourselves.
      Thank you so much for sharing this.
      Louie

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