Dear soul, for us poor sinners the flesh is so persistent in its demands – and it must be entertained, paid attention to, cared for – pampered and made to feel “wanted” – it becomes such a waste of time for us, as we observe how wonderful we are to look upon – so many “selfies” – yes, I am guilty as well on Facebook – sometimes people want to see who is writing about things – not many “selfies”, for we have a few that can take a few photos to fill the pictorial voids in our daily narratives.
Please do not misunderstand me – we have to take care of ourselves – we have a self that is a self – and, dear one, the body we have from GOD is in fact a gift from GOD – it is the temple of the Holy Spirit for a soul – but, dear soul, the fallen man – the old self – it tends to persistently want to spend every moment in keeping the flesh of what is the “old man” entertained and “feeling right”.
O, my… what a state of affairs!
My, how ego-centered we become in our willingness to look at our selves!
There is such a need for this kind of “entertainment” – a pampering of the false self – the “flesh” – it seems to be the “O, look at me” aspect of our selfish nature. “O, my – Do I not look so marvelous in your eyes?”
O, for the Mind that is of Christ that will let the little soul forget so much this concern for the flesh that takes his little Mind away from the Mind that is Christ’s – he should always be in that Mind that is preferring over the flesh that Mind of our Beloved One (Philippians chapter 2) – the One who even set aside the pampering of the Flesh and Blood that He IS (but now Glorified) – laying aside His Divine Prerogatives, HE Became Man – preferring to dwell in our midst as Man, very Man – as GOD, very GOD – setting aside all the pampering of so much materialism – O, Lamb of GOD – the Perfect Love that GOD IS!
We are so contrasted with the Lord Jesus Christ – the Last Adam. HIS eyes were always fixed upon Jerusalem.
Human Pride demands so much of us, while Humility demands so little, except to Love GOD more than all things – to prefer nothing before the LOVE of CHRIST! Pride must BE (so often) in the forefront of the old man’s mind and seems to always want to get the honor – while, Humility is willing not to be so “entertained” – so “pampered” – it is willing to lay aside its glory and give honor and glory to HIM.
What is humility dear soul?
Humility is to look on oneself as dust and ashes. The humble person says, “Who am I? And who considers me to be anything? Who am I to deal with people for I am powerless?”
Humility does not require being entertained all the time, for the humble person walks submissively in his ways, never deeming himself equal to others. And when he is despised and rejected he does not get angry.
How many of us have failed in this manner – we desire the entertainment of our opinions to be honored always and in every place?
“Humility is to hold oneself as guilty and to find that one has done nothing good before God. It is to maintain silence, looking on oneself as nothing. It is to reject one’s inclinations, to look down to the ground, bearing death before his eyes, safeguarding himself from lying. It consists in not speaking, falsehood or arguing with someone who is older than you are, enduring insults joyfully, detesting comfort and training oneself in hardship, never distressing anyone.” ~ St. Abba Isaiah
O, dear one – trust and walk in repentance with Jesus – it is the Way of the Heart that is the Mind of Christ.
Abba Anthony the repentant sinner