Giving Up Ourselves to a Larger Cause

The idea of adhering to a life-script plan composed in conformity to the natural moral law that governs all right behavior, and in conformity to the Golden Rule to love others as ourselves, finds perfect expression in the words of Jesus spoken in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before His crucifixion: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done” (Lk. 22:44).

Amazingly beyond all human comprehension, even the wishes of the Second Person of the Trinity to forego the upcoming challenge of the cross are overridden by the rightness of the life-plan that culminates in Jesus hanging on a Roman cross on Passover Day in Jerusalem…as the Passover Lamb of God atonement for the sins of mankind.

This is simply beyond human creative invention.  Its moral stature of self-sacrifice for the benefit of others is at the highest level imaginable in the spiritual world of God…where loving and supportive relationships are the norm.

The classic point at issue here in going our own way, for every single person in every era of human history…is roughly the same similar issue that confronts the small business owner faced with the challenge of successful company growth.

The mindset of: “I have to do everything myself because I am the only one who can do things right” permeates the human race.  It is correctly identified as sin, exclusively and only in the Bible…because it separates us from God and makes us spiritual rebels…rogue independent agents.

“Turfism”…the idea that this is my turf and everyone else stay out…is a self-centered and constricted viewpoint that will block successful company growth…growth achieved through the new required attitudes of team-spirit, delegation of power, sharing of information, and inspirational confidence in other people to bring out their best.

What works and will get us by…at a bare minimum…in the small business enterprise is exposed as woefully inadequate in the larger business environment.

God wants to take us into a larger place (2 Sam. 22:20; Ps. 118:5).  To do this right He has to create the life-script that will displace our own set-in-concrete ways and routines with a larger and better plan.

Author: Barton Jahn

I worked in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have eight Christian books self-published through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on more books on building construction.

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