February 25th – Hidden Personal Agendas

One of the greatest miracles Jesus of Nazareth ever performs on people’s lives is to rewrite their secret agendas. Many of our hidden motives spring from a deep yearning to be accepted, to be loved, respected and admired. Of course we wouldn’t admit it openly, often because we are unaware of it ourselves – which is why it comes out in our dreams, and even they usually need to be unlocked by somebody else, ‘because we hide the truth from ourselves. ‘Why don’t I love my younger brother?’, for example, or ‘Why am I afraid of the dark?’. I wonder how many people have had their emotional lives damaged by being rejected or hurt when they were too young, even to recognise the fact in their memories, but they kept the memory in their damaged feelings. I wonder why school bullies do it? Is it because inside them there is a frightened little child covering his own fear by attacking others? Many grossly overweight people probably eat as a love, or mother, substitute
filling their stomachs as the nearest they can get to having their hearts filled with love, which was denied them. Some believe that our fears reveal our hidden agendas – like the terror of being buried alive, trapped, unable to move, taking an eternity to die. Now is this fear triggering a birth trauma of which we have no actual memory, only a link to the terror we once felt?
That’s what I mean when I say, perhaps Jesus’ greatest miracles are the re-writing of our hidden personal agendas. The rooting out of deeply buried fears.Paul wrote in Philippians Ch. 3, (7-8, 10-11)
How changed are my ambitions. But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
A Prayer: Take, O Lord, our wretched self interest, self seeking and fears, and help us count them as garbage, compared with the joy of knowing You.
Now read Galatians Chapter 5

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