But there lies my problem. The focus is on ME. It's self-centeredness at its best. The focus is on the way in which I should walk, what path I need to be on, MY life. Not God's plan or His Word.
There are numerous Scriptures that tell me to lay down my life and pick up my cross and follow Him (Matthew 10:39, Matthew 16:25, Luke 12:22, Luke 14:26-27, and many many more...). It's all about Him. Not me. Not I. But Him.
So how do I do this?
Simple. His Word.
His Holy Word contains everything that I will ever need in order to follow Him. If I want to know the path to take or what decision to make, I need to look at His Law...His Word. His way of righteousness is the way of success and He has laid it all out in 66 books.
Ok...that's all fine and dandy...but how exactly do I actually stay on God's way of righteousness? How do I actually put all this into practice in my life so that I may be found in Him?
My goal in life is to please Him. Now I know that I am a sinful human being...trust me, I know. So pleasing Him all the time is not the easiest thing for me. I am fighting my sinful desires...daily...sometimes minute by minute. But thankfully that is why He is in the business of transforming me (2 Corinthians 3:18). It is a process. One that will take time to learn. All my old thoughts have to be replaced by new thoughts that come straight from His Word, His Law.
And Romans 12:9-21 helps begin the transforming work in my heart. It lays out what pleases Him. In a nutshell here is what He is asking of me...
- sincere love
- devotion to other believers
- diligence in serving Him
- patience (ugh...so difficult!)
- blessing persecutors
- living in harmony with others