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The sobering truth of being by Deon Crafford

James 4:13-17 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

One of the most challenging steps in our development, is to come to a point where I am no longer the centre piece of my life. We’re all born needy and self-orientated as a natural process of coming into this world and surviving that transition. Then some of us, somewhere in our lives come to a point where our maturity makes us grow away from ourselves and towards others. Some though never get to that point, and even breathe their last still stuck on the predominance of self-gratification. My true faith in Jesus Christ will facilitate this departure from self in the centre. No true Christian -in his or her right mind – can assert that she/he was created for the sole purpose of self-gratification. If then we endeavour to plan out and control our lives in the absence of Christ, we’re either inauthentic in what we claim to believe, or we’re downright insane. We know Christ today because of people who entrusted their lives, plans, energies and projects to God’s will and God’s ways. We have inarguable examples of what it really means to follow Jesus. How long will I continue in the lightness of my self-obsessed being? For as long as I pay mere lip-service to the person of Jesus Christ.

Love to all