Making sure our purpose is more about Jesus than self

Based on Paul’s closing comments in Galatians 6:11-18, a question on p. 154 of the Gospel Advocate’s Foundations Adult Bible study book for Galatians (Summer 2018, Lesson 13, Paul’s Farewell) asks, “What steps can we take to ensure our focus remains on Jesus rather than on our accomplishments?”

Here are three simple answers that can aid anyone who wants to make sure what we do is to the glory of God and his wisdom displayed through the cross and not our own self-serving purposes (1 Corinthians 1:18):

  1. Examine our self in the faith that we are called to live by, not our own opinions and feelings (2 Corinthians 13:5).
  2. Do much good (if possible) in secret (Matthew 6:3-4).
  3. Remember Jesus’ sobering words about humility and the relationship between Lord and servant (Luke 17:7-10).

Following the above principals can help us make sure that we are following and serving Jesus in the shadow of his cross instead making our own front and center.

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 NKJV)

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