The essential element in the life of a Christian is simplicity, and Jesus Christ makes the motive of godliness gloriously simple: be carefully careless about everything except your relationship to ME! The motive of a disciple is to be well pleasing to God. The true blessedness of a Christian is in determinedly making and keeping GOD FIRST! Herein lies the disproportion between Jesus Christ’s principles and all other moral teaching: Jesus bases everything on God-realization, while other teachers base everything on self-realization.
There is a difference between devotion to principles and devotion to a person. Jesus Christ never proclaimed a cause; He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. “For My sake.” Discipleship is based not on devotion to abstract ideas, but on devotion to a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Consequently the whole of the Christian life is stamped by originality.
Whenever the Holy Spirit sees a chance to glorify Jesus Christ, He will take your whole personality and simply make it blaze and glow with personal passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus. You are no longer devoted to a cause, nor the devotee of a principle; you are the devoted love slave of the Lord Jesus!
“Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.” Jesus Christ puts all the blessedness of high morals and rare happiness on the ground of “For My sake.” It is not suffering for conscience sake or for convictions sake or because of the ordinary troubles of life, but something other than all of that - ”For My sake.”
What is the bull’s eye of the Kingdom of God? Jesus Christ!
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you!” Matt. 6:33