“Come to Me...” (Matthew 11:28)
If there were any message from Chambers that countered the thinking of our culture, it would be todays. Chambers opens with, “God intends for us to live a well-rounded life in Christ Jesus, but there are times when that life is attacked from the outside.” Obviously we would agree with this, that we are constantly being spiritually attacked. Chambers then says, “Then we tend to fall back into self-examination, a habit that we thought was gone.” Now, wait, what’s wrong with ‘self-examination’? I mean, that’s the big thrust of society today- to check yourself out, make sure you are thinking positively and keeping yourself feeling successful. Dr. C says, “Self-awareness is the first thing that will upset the completeness of our life in God,” and there we succinctly have Chambers thoughts, namely: the more we concentrate on self the less we think of God. The more we focus on self the less we focus on God. It lessens our closeness to Him because concerns about ourselves stand in between He and me. Self-awareness, Chambers says, “continually produces a sense of struggling and turmoil in our lives.” If you’ve questioned the considerations of Chambers as delivered up to this point, that last sentence should be one at which you nod in agreement: it’s exhausting to continually think about self. Chambers continues that self-awareness produces a struggle within us due to our worry as to whether we are pleasing God and behaving in the right way. Chambers assures us, however, “Self-awareness is not sin, and it can be produced by nervous emotions or by suddenly being dropped into a totally new set of circumstances,” which explains a lot: concern over if we are doing good enough to satisfy God as well as our environment continually changing - both produce a feeling of need to keep checking ourselves and making sure we are on track. But, “...it is never God’s will that we should be anything less than absolutely complete in Him.” The remedy to the problem of “self-awareness” is to take your eyes off of self. Quit being concerned about you.