Sunday, December 11: Individuality

“our individuality must be yielded to God so that our spiritual life may be brought forth into fellowship with Him.  we hinder our spiritual growth more than any other way by continually asserting our individuality.”  — My Utmost For His Highest

“He must become greater; I must become less.”  (John 3:30)

so how do we protect ourselves from us? 

i received this particularly inspiring testimonial in my inbox today entitled, “I am Third’.”  let me share an excerpt of it.

“There was a young man who was popular in school. He was intelligent and a leader in school organizations. A friend visited him at home and saw the plaque hanging on his room door with the words “I am Third.” When his friend asked what it meant, the young man explained, “It’s the motto I try to live by. It means God is first, others are second and I am third.” 

unless we continuously remind ourselves of who is first and where our place is, our spiritual life will always take a back seat.

i try to keep myself in check through prayer, daily reflection, scripture reading, constant conversations with God, and watching others already ahead in their journey. 

it works.  how do you do it?


“my Lord, please look after my heart, mind, and soul always so that all my thoughts, words, feelings and actions amidst the myriad of things you send my way everyday will reflect Your triumph over me.  thank you, Jesus.”

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3 Responses to Sunday, December 11: Individuality

  1. Great post! Merry Christmas!

  2. mattsmithis says:

    I’m going to somewhat disagree with you. But before that I want to say I enjoyed the post and I’m not just some person looking to criticize, I promise. I agree that our individuality must be surrendered to Christ. I also feel that our individuality is something that God gave us so that we can show a specific facet of God’s infinite bigness (sorry, I couldn’t think of the right word). I get what you’re saying, but sometimes I think Christians swing too far to the other side and don’t assert that God given individuality in fruitful ways.

    Again, I liked your post. It was very thought provoking. You’re a very good writer and much more concise than I am, and that’s a very good thing.

  3. thank you very much for your kind words. you write very well yourself.

    i totally agree with you about feeding and deploying that particular Christlike spirit in us and all the gifts we were born with for our own good and for the greater good — our best and our utmost for His Highest! we celebrate our individuality but always in the light of God’s word and purpose.

    the critical word in chambers’ message is “continually.” it is impossible to continually assert my individuality, serving my own purposes, without creating misunderstanding, division, and chaos.

    the warning isn’t really only for christians but for everyone who cares about their relationships and the world we have.

    may God bless us all indeed!

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