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“To thine own self be true”

This phrase actually has it’s origin in the Shakespeare play, Hamlet. The character Polonius is giving advice to his 18 year old son. He tells Laertes, “Neither a lender or borrower be. This above all; to thine own self be true.” Pastor David Dykes provides this commentary about this phrase:

“It combines two concepts that cannot be ignored: self and truth. Americans are involved in a continual love affair with self. Our mantra has become: Take care of #1. Know yourself, love yourself, and be true to your self. Self has become the basic standard for truth. Americans bow down at the altar of Sovereign Self. How far this is from the words of Jesus spoken in Mark 8:34 when He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Today, we hear, love self; protect self; promote self–and Jesus said, “Deny your self.” He wasn’t talking about denying yourself some thing–like going without food, or pleasure. He meant to deny self’s desire to constantly climb onto the throne of your life.”

The passage he mentions, Mark 8:34-36, Jesus says this,

“If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me and the gospel will save it. For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life? What can a man give in exchange for his life?”

Truth takeaway: To God only are we to be true. This idea of being true to our self sounds good, but is self-centered. If we’re true to our Creator, then we’re ultimately true to who we’re really supposed to be – who he created us to be.ThingsWeSaw


What are we here for?

Why did God make man? What was the purpose of creating humans, apart from all other animals? Why us? What are we here for?

Some would say we are here because God wanted fellowship. That would imply God needed something and is not sufficient in and of himself. God is complete and whole. He’s not lonely. He doesn’t need us. Does he like fellowship? Yes. We are important to him, but  our purpose isn’t because God needs fellowship.

So what are we created for? Us, and all of creation were created to give glory to God – to worship God. In Isaiah 43:7, God says about us, “whom I created for my glory.” Who worships God when people don’t? Creation. God created humanity as a part of that creation. But he gave us more: his own breath of life. It’s from that breath that we obtain life.

There was a minor hiccup in that a man and a woman chose to be knowledgeable on their own and were tempted to be like God. Thousands of years later that broken relationship between humanity and God was reconciled through Jesus Christ. Now Christians are spiritually reconnected, once again obtaining life directly from God. And because of that we worship our God as living sacrifices, giving him glory. “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God,” 1Cor. 10:31. In heaven we’re going to be worshiping and giving glory to God forever.

Because this is what we’re created for – glorifying God on earth and eventually in heaven – then our motives should be bringing glory to God. Also, we should be focused on how our lives here will bring him glory in heaven, later.

Truth takeaway: The purpose of all humanity is to glorify God and eventually be reconciled to him that we may glorify him there.

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