A noted bible teacher had just stated a simple yet profound biblical truth that had set me free in an area of thinking. I had heard it on the radio and decided to share my new spiritual insight with a non-believing friend.
She listened wide-eyed and attentively as I shared this new-found realization, and then out from her heart came a rhetorical question/statement that burst my spiritual bubble. "Isn't self-actualization great!"
Self-actualization? What does self-actualization and self-enlightenment (another term she used in the same breath) have to do with the light of God's truth penetrating the hidden recesses of my soul? Such verbiage isn't on my radar screen or in my vocabulary. Self is about, well, self, and I definitely don't need or want more of what the apostle Paul describes in Romans 7:24 as "this body of death."
Here were two people with opposite worldviews. One labels a moment of understanding self-actualization. Me? I recall John 8:32. "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
One calls my revelation self-enlightenment. Myself? The Spirit of truth had come, according to John 16:13. "The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple," says Psalm 119:130.
One rejects what John the Baptist declares in John 3:30. But I? I must decrease. He must increase.
I need more of God's light, truth, and wisdom. I don't need more of me, myself, and I.
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened" (Ephesians 1:17-18)