For so much of my life all I wanted was more of everything. More money, more recognition, more understanding, more motivation, more creativity…but I wasn’t satisfied and I soon realized all I truly needed was more of Jesus.
For a while It’s been about a fifty-fifty relationship. Fifty percent of Him and fifty percent of me. Yet Jesus wants me to be all in. He deserves to be the sole desire and satisfaction of my heart. He doesn’t desire for me to give Him a little bit here and there but instead every second of every day.
In 1 John 2:15 it says,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”
Also in Matthew 6:24 it says,
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
You can’t serve the Lord and yourself.
John 3:30 says,
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
In other words it means Jesus must become more important, while I become less important.
One of the areas in my own personal life that I have to constantly keep asking myself is, am I more concerned about what others think of me or am I concerned for people and how they see Christ? It becomes easy for me to constantly be thinking what others think of me. Did I say the right thing? Should I have said something? How do I look? How could I have done that differently? So much of my life is focused on ‘Me’ and not ‘Him’. So how can you reverse your natural way of thinking by placing Christ where we would typically put ourselves?
Our Identity is in Christ
In Colossians 3:1-3 Paul says,
“If then, you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.“
Our identity is in Christ and Christ alone! We are sinners saved by grace and have been redeemed by His Son who died on the cross for us. We have been adopted into His family and He now calls us His own. And when He died, our old selves died with Him and now we are seated at the right hand of Jesus just as He is at the right hand of the Father. When I am constantly preaching this to myself, I am reminded that everything I have has been given to me and I can’t exalt anything other than Him.
Saturate in Gods Word
Romans 12:2 says,
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
If we are not saturated in the word of God then it will be easy to let the thoughts and lies of the world to creep in our lives. So what fills our thoughts throughout the day? Are we filling it with the word of God or the words of others? The songs and praises of Him or the self centered ideas and music in today’s society? Whatever we keep our focus on will grow bigger and stronger.
It says in Ephesians 4:29,
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”
There are many verses in scripture that talk about the tongue and how we should be speaking as believers. We should not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths but instead, speak in a way that builds each other up that they may witness the love of Jesus.
God’s word continually teaches us to focus on things of Christ. That is, if Christ is on our lips and in our actions, it will show you the condition of your heart. Is He your life, your everything? The way to truly have more of Jesus is coming to that place of surrender, coming to the truth that we cannot do anything through our own strength but by the grace and strength of our Lord, who indwells within us. The more we keep our focus on abiding in Him, the more He will be in us. When our focus is on Jesus, it is no longer on ourselves. More of Jesus results in less of us. We all want more of Him in our lives. And it begins with taking up our cross and following Him. Remembering our identity is secure in Him and the more we completely surrender ourselves and grow in intimacy with Him, the more like Him we will become resulting in our eyes looking to Him and off of ourselves.
Our identity is not in our joy, and our identity is not in our suffering. Our identity is in Christ, whether we have joy or are suffering. – Unknown