You’ve heard the phrase “memo to self.” Have you heard the phrase “monument to self”? Here’s what it looks like.
2 Samuel 18:18
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself the pillar that is in the King’s Valley, for he said, “I have no son to keep my name in remembrance.” He called the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s monument to this day.
A monument to self is a tall pillar erected with pride and greed; decorated with lust and power. Blowing in the breeze at the top are the banners of momentary pleasure and self-gratification. And there, for all to see, chiseled in big letters, is the name of its maker. But monuments to self always have a foundation problem. Sooner or later, they will come crumbling down.
There is only one “monument” that can stand: A life transformed by Jesus. It is built by grace through faith and “decorated” by the atoning blood of the Perfect Sacrifice. It is built on the Rock and will stand forever.
- Ask God to point out any monuments to self in your life. Ask a trusted friend to prayerfully help you see any areas in danger of crumbling.
- Thank Jesus for his work in building an eternal foundation that will never collapse. The foundation of Jesus is the place from which we will be launched to eternity.
Father, check my heart. Show me any monuments to self that I have created. Help me tear them down and remain standing in a life transformed by Jesus. In his name I pray. Amen.
Continue to keep watching out for monuments to self…
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