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.
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness...
So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. if you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
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?
So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
2 Corinthians 5:9
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
It is not about me. It is about Him. Always has been...and always will be.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18