There Is No You
By Walter Loucks
In today’s society, there seems to be an ongoing search for “finding yourself.” The talk show circuit and the how-to books are telling people how to find their inner self and how to be the best they can be.Why is there such a struggle to accomplish this goal? Mankind can find the answer in the message of Christ as our life.What if there is no you? Then your search for self would be in vain.
Genesis 1:26–27 tells us God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.…So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Then chapter 2, verse 7 says, “…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”So our image is in the likeness of God and our breath of life comes from Him. So where are you in this? Since God is a Spirit we are made in His image and are breathing His breath of life, then we are primarily spiritual beings given a body and mind to function as His children. Since the spirit world is made up of two distinctive beings, that of God’s spirit or Satan’s spirit, have our being in one of those two camps. In mankind’s attempts to avoid taking responsi- bility of choosing which camp he belong in, created the world “self.” Self-effort, self-awareness, self-fulfillment, selfishness. If we can improve our- selves and “find” ourselves, then we do not need to face the truth of whose image we will accepting our lives.
God, in His love, gives us that choice, as He wants a family to fellowship with Him out of love and the choice to conform to His image. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [or create for us the opportunity] to be conformed to the image of His Son” (author’s translation added).So, if we choose the image of Christ, then guess what—our old image has to die. (2 Tim. 2:15).“Knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him” (Rom. 6:6-8).
And of course, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20).It would be sad if it was only the dying that we are a part of, but 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are new.” So our old image is now reconciled to God, and we have a new “self- image” that God desired in the first place by creating us in His image.Does this mean our problems in life and our wrong thinking is resolved? Would to God that it was so, but alas the renewing of our minds keeps us in school throughout our lives. Romans 12:2 says,“And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that and good and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”So, then, the question arises as to how we conform to His will. Ephesians 2:8 states, “For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” Since our very birthing is not of ourselves, how than we could our conforming to His will be of ourselves. Jesus, Himself, stated in John 5:30, “I can of mine own self do nothing…because I seek not mine own will, but he has the will of the Father.” So, does it not reason that Jesus in us would still be seeking the will of the Father? How does he reveal that will to us? James 1:18 states, “With His own will begat he us with the word of truth.” Ephesians 5:17 says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”...
So, does the will of the Lord automatically become a part of our lives and make us Christ-per-sons? Not anymore than learning a computer or any other endeavor in this life comes automatically. This is not putting us under the law, but just common sense that we learn things as we spend time studying and embracing them. “Study to show thyself approved” The Word is full of statements about the Father’s will and intent for us. Let’s all allow His love in us to be the influence for the renewing of our minds,which will push us to Him and complete us as new creatures in Him