In our day and age we love to play the victim card. We claim we are a victim of our circumstances. We claim we are a victim of our parents. We claim we are a victim of the government. In fact, evolutionist believe we are cosmic victims; specifically that all the realities of disease, war, hate, brokenness, etc. are just a result of millions of years of randomness culminating in we have arbitrarily catorigized as suffering. Really?
The old adage, “You have no one to blame, but yourself” is truer than we realize. The truth of the matter is that we have made our bed and we are now lying in it. We are not victims, we are the cause. This is why.
God created us to love Him. When you love someone you listen and obey them, especially when you know that they have your best interest in mind. Unfortunately, all of us have rebelled against God, every single person that has ever existed. No one is off the hook. We have all chosen to pursue our own desires and pleasures. Instead of loving God, we would rather love ourselves. Instead of listening to God, we would rather listen to ourselves. Instead of obeying God, we would rather make up our own rules. Our motto is, “To each their own.”
Let’s be honest, this self-love of ours has led to a complete disaster, both at an individual and global scale. Everywhere you turn you see divorces, addictions, perversions, wars, and brokenness. The good world that God gave us is currently, and has always been since the Garden of Eden, a mess. In no uncertain terms, it is clear that we are not the victims, we are the perpetrators.
In a nut shell, this pursuit of self-love is my personal testimony. The choices I made in my life while I was a young adult all revolved around what made me happy. Interestingly, however, this self-centered life did not lead to my happiness. It instead led to my brokenness. The more I pursued my desires, the more I hated my life. Finally, one night I woke up to the fact that perhaps my desires weren’t the right ones to pursue. So I quit.
I quit pursing what I wanted, and started pursuing what Christ wanted. Luke 9:23-25 played the predominant role in my turning towards Christ. It woke me up to the fact that I am my own worst enemy; that I am my problem, and that the pursuit of my desires would end in my utter loss of life. I recognized that I would be forever separated from the Source of Life, if I did not die to self and live for Christ.
This is not only my story; it is all of our stories. We all have rebelled against God and made a mess of things. We must therefore, wake up and realize that we are not victims, we are the problem. We must deny ourselves, crucify the self-centeredness of our lives, and place our trust in Jesus alone. We are the problem, and He is the solution.