Following Jesus does not mean that I become so self absorbed in how Christ like I should become. I can be too self condemning. Christ likeness is only a benefit. Following Jesus means that I have to deny myself of what my "rights" are. I must die to self and carry the cross, so to say, that Jesus has placed before me. I must serve others in love. In a love that does not expect anything in return. A love with no conditions. Out of this practiced love, discipline finds it's energy.
Now if only I can put this thinking into reality. Oh Lord, help this wretched dude that I am. Turn my laziness into surrender. Amen
5 weeks ago