If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves. (Galatians 6:3)
This has become one of my favorite verses as I grow older.
And I am still a growing Christian. And I don’t know when I can attain full maturity. And I don’t even think I can attain full maturity before I die (although I have obtained victory in Christ). But I think God has, over the years, taught me what the biggest obstacle, or perhaps one of the biggest obstacles, that hinders our growth in Christ and our relationship with one another.
This obstacle is not wrong doctrines or poor education. But this obstacle can breed bitterness, jealousy, and spiritual death. It comes in the form of things such as,
“But I am right.”
“But I know something.”
“But I AM something”.
I think as in Galatians 6:3, Paul is not trying to tell us to check if we are “something or not”. He is reminding us that, on our own, we are all really nothing at the end, but — Christ is everything. The “But I” often only shows our desire for self-glorification. For instance, it is very easy to seek your own’s glory in the name of serving your neighbor or in the name of speaking the “truth in love” or in the name of preaching the gospel.
We are all nothing but vessels of God. No one live to glorify or exalt himself or herself. But it is just so easy that, when we feel like we have something precious to offer, we want people to point to us instead of to the Lord. And if people don’t, we become discouraged and discontent. We want people to notice us. We want people to praise us.
“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30 NLT). “To become less and less” indicates it is an ongoing process. Everyday, we must learn to let our self and our ego die. Be it a spiritual gift, a revelation, an understanding, or a vision, we have to know that it is from the Lord, of the Lord, through the Lord, and unto the Lord. Everything points not to us, but to Him. May our “But I” be replaced by “Not I”, “But Christ”. The Lord is “I AM” everyday. May we all say, “He is, and I am not”.”