Priorities and self discipline--two things I need to work on. The Pastor preached on what it means to be a disciple last night. He described two disciple wannabes and a true disciple. The true disciple follows immediately--He does exactly what his Master asks. The other two people wanted to be disciples, but their priorities were wrong. One was emotionally excited about being a disciple, but hadn't counted the cost. Jesus would require him to give up everything, and he wasn't really willing to do so. The other man wanted to wait until his Father died and then follow Jesus--he was a person who wanted to follow Jesus when it was convenient.
I tend to be like the last man--I put other things before following Christ--often it is good things too--reading a Christian book, helping others, doing things for church. But often I don't spend time with God or pray for others because I am lazy or would rather read the paper, do something on the computer, or even clean house.
This is something to think about and pray about. What are my priorities in life? Do I really put Christ first in all things? It is work to do so. Even in our free society where we can worship, read the Bible, witness, etc. without worry, it takes effort to serve and please God.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.