“We are Addicted to Ourselves” (John Perkins)

Wednesday is for Prayer

I heard an arresting phrase from Dr. John Perkins yesterday. “We,” said the old warrior for the faith, “are addicted to ourselves.”

Isn’t this what Jesus was addressing when he told us that his disciples must live a completely different life?

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Jesus knows that our “addiction to ourselves” is deep and destructive. It is at odds with our soul’s desperate need for Christ and must be constantly fought, must be constantly beaten into submission. That battle against our own addiction to our self-interest, to our own wants, desires and fallen nature is life-long. The addiction we fight is the bent of our nature and the war we find ourselves in never wanes.

“Lord Jesus, help me to fight the good fight of faith today.
Help me to fight it well. Help me to fight my own addiction to self and
to be a vessel fit for your use. Help me to see with your eyes
and to respond with your compassion 
and patience in every situation.
Make me wise 
for your glory and because of your great promise to be
with me and all believers, even to the end of the age. Amen.”

Marty Schoenleber, Jr. is the founding pastor of one church, the interim pastor of another and the church planting trainer/mentor of over 200 other church planting pastors. He is adjunct professor of Church Planting at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has taught Preaching at the International School of Theology, and Evangelism at Moody Graduate School of Theology.  His latest book is Picking a President: Or Any Other Elected Official (CrossBooks, [late May 2012]). To enjoy a free subscription to his blog, log-on to www.chosenrebel.wordpress.com, where you can post your comments, view past blogs in our archive and read the latest reflections on church planting, Biblical Expositions and musings about church, culture and spiritual formation. Follow Pastor Marty on twitter @1Chosenrebel4JC.

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