Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Look for Him.



“But there must be a real giving up of the self. You must throw it away "blindly" so to speak. Christ will indeed give you a real personality: but you must not go to Him for the sake of that. As long as your own personality is what you are bothering about you are not going to Him at all. The very first step is to try to forget about the self altogether. Your real, new self (which is Christ's and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up your self, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in” (226-227).

-C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book 4

 
 I have found that when people try to find satisfaction in themselves, they will only come up with “hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay” (227). But when we run after God and seek His ways with all our hearts, we will find eternal life. We will gain the All after having given up our all. We must “keep back nothing” (227) from God. For that which has not died in us will never be raised from the dead. Nothing that we could do can ever save us, but everything in Christ can. Look for Christ, dear reader, and “you will (surely) find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in” (227). 

Seek Him First,
All text © 2012 C.S Lewis, thoughts from Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

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