Gleanings: Our Truest Self

Like millions of others, I have been significantly influenced by C.S. Lewis.  This quote from his book, Mere Christianity, speaks a much-needed word to us….

The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become–because He made us.

Christianity understands that sin creates a “false” self–one defined and directed by pretense and illusion.  We become like furniture that’s been covered over with layers of paint.  As we allow God to strip away the layers, we get nearer and nearer to the “good wood” of our original creation–that is, our creation as God intended us to be.  God is the ultimate “refinisher,” who always works on us to bring us more and more into the “good wood” of our creation.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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