“I won’t go there,” I told the Lord one day as I daydreamed once again about somewhere I thought would be a wonderful location in my travels on the road for Jesus around the United States for my ministry work. “Unless that’s where you want me to go,” I essentially said.
Unbelievable change! For years, I called Jesus Christ Lord but lived for me. My life was about what I wanted, where I wanted to be, with whom I wanted to be, what I wanted to be doing, how I wanted to live, etc. The Lord has since taught me at the core of genuinely following Jesus is a lifestyle of love, humility, and obedience.
I no longer want to live according to my flesh. I want to live according to the Holy Spirit. Following Jesus involves sacrifice and denial of self. It ain’t easy, that’s for sure. But oh, the joy of being in Jesus’ intimate fellowship forever and of being pleasing and honoring to the Lord!
I no longer choose where I want to be. I let the Lord do the choosing. He is Lord! We who follow Jesus aren’t to follow the flesh. We are to follow Him!
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23