Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


July 22, 2009

Christians need beware of "I." To be a Christian is to be Christ-centered. However, "I" seems all so common.

He must become greater; I must become less.
-John 3:30 TNIV

John the Baptist tells his followers, that he will diminish, and Christ must increase. What a strange, foreign word to a culture of self-actualization and self-fulfillment. Christian thinking risks making a cult of self-fulfillment; theologies seduce us to join the cult of "I." I/Self is a huge word in Christian books, teaching, and it's mistaken, I'm convinced.

Another prayer excerpt from The Valley of Vision:
Teach me that Christ cannot be the way if I am the end,
that he cannot be the Redeemer if I am my own savior,
that there can be no true union with him while the creature has my heart,
that faith accepts him as Redeemer and Lord or not at all.

Dale Patterson