Coming to the End of Yourself

Perhaps this is a misleading post title. Is it possible to come to the end of oneself? In 2 Timothy Chapter 4, Paul seems to indicate he has accomplished coming to the end of himself. Well done Paul.

For as for me, I am already being poured out on the altar; yes, the time for my departure has arrived.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  All that awaits me now is the crown of righteousness which the Lord, “the Righteous Judge,” will award to me on that Day — and not only to me but also to all who have longed for him to appear.

2 Timothy 4:5-8

However, you’re just you, and I’m just me. We are not Paul. However, then again, look at how very, very human Paul was. On the other hand, he kind of was a superhero also. Hmm.

The way of the Weightier Matters includes dying to oneself.

Can we be like Paul if we learn to abide as he did? We are still ourselves, nevertheless, with our unique personalities – Paul remained Paul to the end, did he not? Indeed a strong character and nature there.

What does Coming to the End of Yourself Look Like?

Coming to the end of ourselves? Is it possible? What does it look like?

What would coming to the end of ourselves look like? In my warm fuzzy lovely version of it, I would no longer have sin bents, no longer struggle to endure and deal with life’s difficulties. No longer hurting others or being hurt by them.

Our faith and acceptance would only come through our Heavenly Father, flowing through the Ruach ha Kodesh as we abide in Him. Aww, sounds pretty lovely, right?

Sadly, we don’t see this happen in others and don’t see it happening in ourselves. Maybe in time. However, for now, a surrendered life is what we are going for with our whole heart. An experience that is His to mold and form. A heart that can see His hand moving in even the most painful events of life.

Abide in His heart, even a glimpse of it, and you will be overwhelmed by His love for you. The next bump in your road – search Him out, find Him in it and embrace the blessing He has for you.

Life is a journey, a training ground, a place where we can count trials as joy. Not easy that last part. However, Truth, none the less.

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