“A man without self–control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28
Do you know someone with a big ego? Of course. We all do.
People have egos for one reason: glorifying themselves. Ego is all about “me” – not family, or friends, or (certainly) spiritual pursuits.
Those with egos love to tell the world how great they are. They relish being the hero. They see their savior in the mirror every day.
You encounter egos in all walks of life. Yet, ego is actually an enemy of our lives, whether personally, spiritually or professionally. By creating such an inward focus, ego blocks our relationship with God and other people.
Contrast an ego perspective with how Christ teaches us to live. Jesus said we become free only by surrendering ourselves to God. We have to humble ourselves to be exalted. To stand tall, we must get down on our knees.
Quite a contrast, right? One side (ego) contends we have all the answers; the other (Christ-focused), that we have none at all. Viewing life through a spiritual lens, the latter looks to God for those elusive truths.
Here’s a proposition: ego is bad. EGO is good. Do you know the difference?
Why Aren’t They Hearing?
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” – Romans 10:14
Christians have an Us vs. Them problem.
The number of Americans actively practicing Christianity has declined for decades. Less than 50 percent of our population belongs to a church. Only 64 percent of Americans even identify as “Christian” – down from 90 percent 50 years ago.
Rather than see this as a call to arms, far too many Christians cast blame. The fault, they say, is with those who don’t believe in Christ. Why do they choose to live in the dark? What can you do with such people?
Overlooked is a logical question: Why haven’t they heard God’s Word? Who didn’t connect with them? How were they missed?
The logical answer is that far too many Christians aren’t preaching. They don’t share the Word. They naively believe that, because Christianity has long dominated the U.S., it always will.
If only. The latest projections forecast that Christians will be a minority in the U.S. by 2070. Did you see that one coming?
More importantly, how can this trend be reversed?
The solution is for all believers to boldly and unashamedly flaunt their EGO.
Shine Your Light … Without Reserve!
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
Are you ready to Evangelize God Obsessively … in other words, embrace your EGO?
If we Evangelize God Obsessively, those who live in the farthest corners will have no choice but to hear. As Matthew instructs, let your light illuminate the lives of those who haven’t seen!
An ego problem is bad. An EGO “problem” is anything but. In fact, it’s a blessing!
Put EGO to work sharing the Good News. Use EGO nonstop so that others hear. Don’t hesitate to let others behold your EGO.
If someone calls you a “Jesus freak” or similar name, wear it with joy. Show the world that you’re an EGOmaniac. The bigger your EGO, the more you glorify God!
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