From: David Kabanje
Date: April 18
Subject: GMU: Self-forgetfulness

Good Morning, Union 

Christianity offers a new way of living that holistically meets each spherical (emotional, spiritual, mental, physical, and social) need—self-forgetfulness in a world rampant with self-indulgence and self-centeredness. Self-forgetfulness indicates trust, trust that God’s provisions are available and sufficient. Self-forgetfulness releases us from the bondage and notion that we are alone and that no one cares for us. Self-forgetfulness diminishes anxiety and worry. Instead of worrying about how I will meet my spherical needs, I entrust my being to God. Philippians 4:19 says, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” As self-forgetfulness increases, so does my capacity to trust God and cater to the needs of others. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

Adversely, as self-remembrance increases, so does my capacity to distrust God and neglect the needs of others. I can only forget about myself if I wholeheartedly trust God. My friends, our burdens get heavier when we think to ourselves, “I am alone.” From Scripture, Christ’s answer to this divisive thought is, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). To the degree you integrate Christ’s presence and care into your life, to that degree, you will have freedom from the corrosiveness of selfishness. To accept the truth that Christ is with you and cares for you is to practice the spiritual discipline of self-forgetfulness.