Adrian Rogers: The Crucifixion of King Self (2439)
Scripture Passage: Philippians 2:1-11
We are our own biggest enemies. “Self” is, and always will be our greatest obstacle and worst ruler of our hearts. Our problems in life are not our weaknesses; rather, they are the strengths of King Self.
In this message, Adrian Rogers says, “When Self is on the throne, Christ is on the cross. When Christ is on the throne, Self is on the cross.” There needs to be a crucifixion of King Self.
Philippians 2:1-11 challenges the reign of King Self, urging us to take on the mind of Christ.
The mind of Christ is a selfless mind. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Again, Adrian Rogers tells us, “The purpose of life is not to find our freedom, but to find our Master.” Jesus was an example of humility all throughout His earthly ministry. By this, He revealed that humility is not thinking lowly of yourself. It is knowing who you are, and yet thinking of other people; it is a selfless life.
How are we supposed to treat others?
We, as Christians, should first and foremost be known by our love (John 13:35). We are to receive each other; greet each other in a way that is personal, impartial and thoughtful. We are to care for and forgive one another, enduring each other with all lowliness and meekness (Ephesians 4:2).
The mind of Christ is a serving mind. Philippians 2:7 says, “But He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him,” Because Jesus was the Ultimate Servant, we have been shaped to serve.
The mind of Christ is a sacrificial mind. Philippians 2:8 says, “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”
Adrian Rogers says, “Good news: You’ve already been crucified when Jesus died for you. But now what you need to do is to receive it, recognize it and act on it.”
Apply it to your life
As we crucify King Self, five thoughts should resonate in our new minds:
I was planned for God’s pleasure; that’s worship.
I was formed for God’s family; that’s fellowship.
I was created to be like Christ; that’s discipleship.
I was shaped for serving God; that’s ministry.
I was made for a mission; that’s evangelism.