843 Acres Lent: The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Prov 15 (txt | aud, 3:40 min)
Phil 2 (txt | aud, 3:20 min)
Highlighted: Phil 2:3-4

Others: Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” [1] The mindset we should have, he says, is that of Christ—the king who humbled himself. What does such a mindset look like?

Self-Forgetfulness: In his fantastic booklet The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness, Tim Keller writes, “Don’t you want to be the kind of person who, when they see themselves in a mirror or reflected in a shop window, does not admire what they see but does not cringe either? … Wouldn’t you like to be the skater who wins the silver, and yet is thrilled about those three triple jumps that the gold medal winner did? To love it the way you love a sunrise? Just to love the fact that is was done? For it not to matter whether it was their success or your success. Not to care if they did it or you did it. You are as happy that they did it as if you had done it yourself—because you are just so happy to see it.”

Gospel-Humility: “You will probably say that you do not know anybody like that,” he continues. “But this is the possibility for you and me if we keep on going where Paul is going. I can start to enjoy things that are not about me. My work is not about me, my skating is not about me, my romance is not about me, my dating is not about me. I can actually enjoy things for what they are … They are not just a way of filling up the emptiness. Wouldn’t you want that? This is off our map. This is gospel-humility, blessed self-forgetfulness. Not thinking more of myself as in modern cultures, or less of myself as in traditional cultures. Simply thinking of myself less.”

Prayer: Lord, We confess that we tend to think too high or too low of ourselves rather than just thinking about ourselves less. May we not look to our own interests, but to the interests of others, so that we may enjoy things for what they are. Give us the mindset of Christ, who made himself low that we may know you. Amen.

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M’Cheyne Weekend Readings:

Saturday, March 29: Prov 16 (txt | aud, 3:25 min) & Phil 3 (txt | aud, 2:53 min)
Sunday, March 30: Prov 17 (txt | aud, 3:11 min) & Phil 4 (txt | aud, 2:52 min)

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Footnotes

[1] Philippians 2:3-4 ESV

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