I could write a lot about self-control.
I have certainly been considering it carefully in the last few days and even in preparation for this blog entry I had a whole lot to write about the matter. Things like a proposal that the enemy of self-control is self-indulgence. Things like how self-control isn’t about willpower or doing anything myself, but actually being Spirit-led to keep the self in check. Things like how self-control might be viewed as a negative thing when strung along with words like ‘moderation’, ‘temperance’, ‘self-restraint’ and ‘self-denial’ – but that’s probably saying more about the condition of our heart than it is about the nature of those terms.
Lots more that I could write about self-control. Maybe one day I will share some of those things, but it was great to come across a video by a preacher called Josh Harris who put together a wonderful scenario connecting the issue of self-control and what can get in the way of it.
I hope you’ll enjoy it and come from it challenged and reinvigorated to see self-control for what it is – the means by which we really can make the most of the time we have to enjoy true eternal riches applied in every day life and not slip into desperate spiritual poverty.
This way, we won’t be ineffective and unproductive in knowing Jesus – who to know is life eternal.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden