"…our society is strongly individualistic and 'me-centered.' We have a tendency to 'look out for number one' and often have less regard for others. Whereas in many of our organizations and structures individuality is encouraged, there is little place for it in the body of Christ. Can you imagine an arm proclaiming its independence from the rest of the body? Not only would the arm become gangrenous and rot away, but the body would be damaged by its absence. While the world tends to teach us to be self-focused, as believers we must endeavor to be others-focused. This is expressed in Jesus's command to deny ourselves....... Many believers today envision the Christian faith as more of a picnic or a walk in the park than a bloody sacrifice of the self, but the former is not the biblical portrait."
Ten Things I Wish Jesus Never Said by Victor Kuligin
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