At least in our society our focus many times is ourselves. What we want to do, where we want to go, how we want to live, what we think is right, what we think is wrong, and doing what is in our best interest.
People will tell you to carve your own path, to decide what is right or wrong for you and no one has the right to tell you otherwise. No matter if you work with children, youth, or adults it is every where we turn. However this path of individuality leads to disaster. When we hold onto our individuality we’re holding onto our independence and self-will when Jesus tells us to do the exact opposite. In Matthew 16:24 Jesus says, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself…” We are called to deny ourselves not emphasize ourselves.
As Oswald Chambers points out we really have two choices to either say, “I will not surrender,’ ” Or to surrender and break the hard shell of individuality, which allows the spiritual life to emerge.”
God wants us to be joined with him but for this to happen we have to give up our rights and surrender to him. When we do this it is then we will see genuine growth in our lives. When we try to hold onto our desires and God at the same time it will never work.
No matter who you are this can be a tough thing to do but today I encourage you take your hand off the easy button that leads to ourselves but take the less taken road that leads to surrender in Christ. If you will do this God will not only bless you through your obedience but his light will shine to those around you.