Self-actualisation, according Maslow is the highest form of being what it means to be fully human. Really, this is a subject that is way above my pay grade, yet in my limited understanding I can’t help but think about some things that worry me about this idea.
However Jesus suggest something different, a paradox of sorts, a counter cultural idea. He invites His followers to something higher. Consider some of these quotes from Jesus…
- “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” – Matt 16:24
- “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it” – Matt 16:25
- “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” – Matt 16:26
- “If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it” – Matt 10:39
- “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” – Luke 6:38
- “So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over” – Luke 11:41
Here’s the deal. It takes faith to make your life about Jesus and others because our world says that we should make our lives about us, about Me, Myself and I.
When we do make it about others and about seeking Jesus in everything, we actually find a life worth living.
Doing life like this really does achieve “Self-Actualization”!