- my rights - abortion, gay marriage,
- my desires - adultery, pornography
- my rights - to be right, cheat on taxes
- my desires - success, popularity, idols (this includes a whole gamut of things that we cling to.
John 12:24 gives us the remedy for this in the form of an analogy....before we can produce fruit, we must die to self. We must put off our desires and think about what Christ desires in and of us. Personally speaking, I know that God would rather I spend time with my spouse then time worrying over mundane items on my "to do" list. He would rather I spend time with someone in need of a listener then to spend time on the computer or watching TV. He would rather I spend time in His Word and prayer then time worrying about whether every hair is in place (this is really not an issue for me....it's my husband that obsesses over his hair but don't tell him I said so.)
Okay, so you get the point so far....So? In what ways can you (and me, me, me) die to self today?
You know what I'm going to say next: Go forth and flesh it out!