What To Do With Yourself

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9

“Coming to the end of self,” a phrase much used in some circles, is not a Bible phrase, but what is meant by it is Biblical. The Scriptures speak of denying self (Matthew 16:24), judging one’s self (1 Corinthians 11:31), the crucifixion of self (Romans 6:6; Galations 5:24).

So few Christians ever get out of themselves into Him. They live a changed life but not the exchanged life – “Not I but Christ.” We must come to the end of our experiences, our success, our prayers, our seeking and striving, all that we can see or feel, to where our comeliness is turned to corruption and we can only cry, ‘Woe is me!” There is no liberty and victory until we cease from our own works and settle down in God.

In this day of self-exaltation the Bible teaches self-execution. Not that we execute ourselves but that we submit to the death of self by the hand of God. Paul witnessed his own execution, but there came forth a new Paul, “I live yet not I, but Christ liveth in me”.

What to do with yourself? Agree and submit to your execution!

by Vance Havner

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