I first heard the statement, “Your ego is not your amigo” from Joel Bauer. I also heard Troy McClain say, “EGO, means Exiting God Out of your life.” These are two very important statements worth remembering.
Recently I came across another valuable idea from Dean Del Sesto in his book, Shift Your Thinking. He wrote, “Most things are pretty much what you negotiate them to be, so it pays to negotiate well.
It’s no accident that the word ego resides in the word negotiation. Nor is it any coincidence that ego and greed are close companions. But negotiations of the ego and greed breed are no picnic. Any transaction that is driven by ego and the desire to win is a relational wreck waiting to happen, and the collateral damage is always more than what is seen in the transaction.”
While the word “ego” does not appear in Scripture the concept does. This word generally refers to an exaggerated sense of self-importance, demonstrated with a “self-centred” inner focus. There is an important concept to remember when dealing with the ego and that is, if you want to dethrone it you need to replace it with something better. You cannot eliminate it.
Micah 6:8 tell us, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does Yahweh require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Humility is a power that is superior to self-centred ego, like the law of aerodynamics supercedes the law of gravity.
In saying YES to the relationship with Jesus and surrendering control of your life in total love and commitment to God you create a win-win situation in your life. I would suggest to you, this is the best negotiation action we can implement.