Today, the campers learned about Self-control.
Muffie explained that the purpose of self-control is always to remind you of the gift of God’s grace which he poured out on the cross. Titus 2: 11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Our decisions are based on an overflow of the overwhelming love that Jesus gives us. He is so worthy of our praise that we must bear the fruit of self-control to turn away from the things of this world and turn to the fulfillment and JOY that Christ will bring.
Tim Keller says, “Self-control is the ability to pursue the important over the urgent, rather than to be always impulsive or uncontrolled. The slightly surprising counterfeit is a will power which is based on pride, the need to feel in control.” Therefore, let us give up control so that we would glorify Christ in our responses.
The Lord commands us to have self-control in 1 Peter 1:13, “So think clearly and exercise self-control… don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.” Without self-control, we would still be under the dominion of the cravings of our sinful nature. But praise God because He overcame death, and was raised back to life so that there would be no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus! And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. You are no longer controlled by your sinful nature; you are controlled by the Spirit. The same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead, lives inside of you.
We end with what Paul says at the end of Galatians 5: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”