We need to learn to be unaffected when rubbed the wrong way. Jesus can change us from whatever condition we are but we need to acknowledge our condition.
When we preserve our foolish ego, we are a hindrance to Gods kingdom.
Luke 9:23: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself daily, take up his own cross and follow Me. Jesus did not find it difficult to wash disciples feet.
John 6:15: He did not want to be made king but disappeared.
Phillipians 2:3-Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit but with humility of mind regard one another as important than himself. Do not look out for your own interests but for the interest of others. Have this attitude as was seen in Jesus. Jesus emptied Himself. John said He must increase and I must decrease.
Acts 14:12-18: Paul and Barnabas did not take glory from people. They gave glory to God. Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. God does not want us to be like porcupines or touch-me-not. God can help us being dead to seeking respect from others. Psalms 37:8: Cease from anger, forsake wrath. Do not fret, it causes only harm.
2 Cor 10:3-5: Though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. Weapons of our warfare are not carnal but divinely powerful for destroying speculation against the knowledge of God. The fragrance of Christ will be diffused when we die to ourselves. No discouragement with our present condition but Jesus can change us.
1 Corinthians 3:20-23: We are coworkers for Gods service. You are of Christ and Christ is of God. Each ones work will be manifest for the day will disclose it. What is the responsibility I take and how serious I am about the work I do, doing it as to God. Not doing anything to show others. Not pointing others fault but rather seeing my own fault. It is the quality of life that is more important than the quantity.
1 Peter 3:1,2: The husband changes without wife saying a word by observing her chaste and respectful behavior, when she dies to her own will. When the self is broken, the life of Jesus flows out and blesses others. It was just 5 loaves and 2 fishes but when Jesus broke it, it was a blessing. Isaiah 53:7, 10, 12: Jesus was oppressed and rejected but still kept silent. He poured Himself out to death.
When problems come, what do we do about it? Do we sulk or get discouraged? James 1:2: Consider it all joy when you face trials. Testing of your patience produces endurance. Matthew 15:12: Am I like a Pharisee when someone offends me. Matthew 23:25: Pharisees were full of self-indulgence. I need to take up my cross daily. John 10:10: The thief comes to steal Jesus from our life, the most valuable thing. I’m not perfect but I’m a work in progress whom Jesus is changing.
Jesus emptied Himself completely. Am I ready to give up respect and honour completely that I think I deserve. 1 Peter 4:1: He who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. I need to have the mind of suffering in my flesh, not to do my own will.
God answers our prayer when we really want to be free from sin. God shows us where we stand. John 12:20-24: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains alone but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
We think so much about ourselves but when we die, there is nothing there. I need to share the gospel when given opportunity. Genesis 18: The burden and love for others to intercede/pray for them who are not saved. We need to have the humility that comes from God.