Jesus made His expectations pretty clear in Luke 9:23-24
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
That seems pretty plain to me. I have a hard time getting past that, “let him deny himself” phrase. When I read that phrase I immediately think of Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more important than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
If I’m to follow Jesus rather than ask Him to follow me, then my needs, my desires, my plans become secondary to the needs, desires and plans of those in my circle of influence.
Here’s what I need to consider…
- Are my actions intended to glorify God?
- Or are my actions out of selfish ambition to satisfy a desire beyond my needs?
- Are my thoughts focused in and centered on my relationship with Jesus?
- When I pray, even for others, are my prayers focused on bringing glory to God or on making me feel better about my situation, circumstances and relationship with those I’m praying for?
Don’t have any answers right now. This may take awhile. Maybe until Christ calls us home.