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A New Year, A New Resolve

“How Much of Myself Must I Give?”

Mere Christianity

The ordinary idea which we all have before we become Christians is this. We take as the starting point our ordinary self with its various desires and interests. We then admit that something else–call it “morality” or “decent behavior,” or “the good of society”–has claims on this self: claims which interfere with its own desires…

But we are hoping all the time that when all the demands have been met, the poor natural self will still have some chance, and some time, to get on with its own life and do what it likes…

The Christian way is different: harder, and easier. Christ says, “Give me All. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self, but to kill it. No half-measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here and a branch there, I want to have the whole tree down. Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked–the whole outfit. I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you Myself: my own will shall become yours.”

~ from Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis,

in Devotional Classics: Selected Readings,

ed. Richard J. Foster and James Bryan Smith

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