Self-occupation is a great mistake for the Christian. Of course, until a person learns that he is a sinner, he must be occupied with himself, so that he will cry, “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13), and find salvation and peace in turning to God. So, too, a Christian must be reminded of himself as long as he thinks there is anything good in him. But when he can say with Paul, “I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwelleth no good thing,” (Romans 7:18), he is privileged to turn from himself to Christ to find his all in Him.
What a relief it is! Instead of thinking about my feelings, my attainments, my work, and my dignity — to live in the joy of the Lord and what He has done for us. And then let Him work in us that which is wellpleasing in His sight, in the desire that He may be glorified. This is what is meant by the words, “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21).
Are you thinking about yourself? Then you are in danger of being a Pharisee, or being miserable. Do you long to be happy, or holy? Turn to “Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2). You will find in Him all your joy and everything you need for a holy Christian life.