It is said that St. Augustine was accosted one day on the street by a former mistress some time after he had become a Christian.
When he saw her he turned and walked the other way. Surprised, the woman called out, “Augustine, it is I”. Augustine as he kept going the other way, answered her, “Yes, but it is not I.”
It is an amusing story – one that comes close to making the same point the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer made when he wrote “When Christ calls a person to follow him, he calls that person to die to his or her old self.”
Jesus said: “I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)
When was it a time when YOU said, “Yes, but it is NOT I” that kept YOU from giving in to sin once again?
JESUS IS WORTH EVERYTHING YOU’RE AFRAID OF LOSING!