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Itís All About Me . . . and I Love It!

by Jeremy Anderson

We are all naturally self-centered creatures. As a matter of fact, without the power of the Holy Spirit helping us put things into perspective, we’ll miss the mark every time. Jesus spent the three and a half years of His ministry on this earth giving Himself to others. I don’t imagine it was easy all of the time, but He did it anyway. Giving Himself to others came naturally to Christ because He knew His purpose. Fulfilling your God-given purpose will come naturally when you know what your purpose is. The Bible states in Colossians 1:16 that “all things have been created through him and for him” (NIV).1 Without God in our lives, we have no purpose except to live in such a way that it brings glory to ourselves, not to God.

Once we know what our divinely appointed purpose on earth is, we need to make the decision to fulfill it in the strength of Jesus Christ. That’s the beautiful thing about God. He doesn’t force us to do anything. He gives us the privilege to exercise our choices freely. It’s easy to turn your back on God and do what you please, but in the end there is nothing to gain but the pain of eternal death and final separation from God as a result of such a foolish decision. To be completely honest with you, serving Christ will be painful at times, but according to Paul, when he wrote to the Corinthians, we will be rewarded with eternal glory that will far outweigh anything we might suffer in this life.

“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me’ ” (Luke 9:23, NIV). That’s the beautiful thing about God! His invitation is open to anyone! God’s Word says “whoever,” meaning anyone. The question is “Are you willing to put self aside to follow God?” Most people won’t accept this requirement of discipleship. We are addicted to pleasing ourselves, but it’s not possible to serve yourself and God.

“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24, NLT).2 That’s right, if you’re willing to be a true follower of Christ, then you must embrace the notion that you will have struggles and burdens. The misrepresentation that when you follow Christ life will be perfect is ridiculous. I can tell you this: the struggles you go through will only make you stronger and increase your faith in Jesus. The pains of this world are temporary. Trust the process of sanctification that will purify you and prepare you for the kingdom of God; the reward is well worth it.

But God is looking for some followers who are ready to jump into the deep end of the pool. God is looking for individuals to accept the call to die to self. This call is not just for a select few, but for every person who seeks to live a life of purpose—God-purpose. I believe that the closer we get to God, the more we begin to pray the Lord’s Prayer and desire to live out His will: “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). And what is truly amazing is that the closer we get to God the more His will becomes our will.

1 Scripture quotations credited to NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
2 Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Jeremy Anderson is the author of five published books and has a passion for youth and young adults. He’s also had the privilege of traveling internationally speaking on behalf of God. Jeremy, his wife, Traci, and their daughter live happily in Madison, Alabama. You can learn more about him at

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