The two hardest things that had to be dealt with when I got saved were:
1. ‘Revenge Addiction’
2. ‘Mine Mine Mine Syndrome’
In my last article, I dealt with my ‘Revenge Addiction’:
In this present article I want to deal with something that I have labeled the ‘Mine Mine Mine Syndrome’. I believe that it was not something that was unique to my life, but is common to all people who have not given 100% over to the Lord Jesus Christ.
All who are called to Jesus, are called to make Him absolute King and Lord of their life. All that don’t surrender all, suffer from this syndrome. It is addressed in the following two portions of Scripture from the dark time of Israel’s existence which was the up and down period of the Judges:
“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
“But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord . And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”” (I Samuel 8:6-7)
In simple terms, the Israelites thought it was all about ‘Me Me Me’ and everything is ‘Mine Mine Mine’.
One of my favorite verses of the Bible is from Daniel 5:23 where Daniel reminds King Belshazzar:
“The God who holds your breath in His hand and owns all your ways, you have not glorified.”
We may first look at the following animation as cute, but allow the eyes and ears of God drive it home of how unbecoming it really is:
Instead of ‘Me and Mine’ after we have made Jesus the Lord of our life, we need to continually live in the following state that King David describes:
“O lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! (Psalms 139:1-7)
If you ever forget who owns everything and who is truly in charge or if you are dealing with someone else who forgets who owns everything and who is truly in charge, the following verses may act as a reminder:
“The earth is the Lord ’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” (Psalms 24:1)
“For the earth is the Lord ’s, and all its fullness.” (I Corinthians 10:26)
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6)
Oh, by the way, that ‘syndrome’ is just another way of saying, “Sin”.