6 Desires of Christ-Followers

Carrying our cross, loving Jesus, living with eternal perspective
1. The desire to be holy more than happy (1 John 2:15-17).
~Loving God more than we love worldly things.

2. The desire to honor and obey God even if it causes suffering (Philippians 3:7-16).
~Wanting to know Christ above all else.

3. The desire to carry his cross (Matthew 16:24).
~Willingly doing the things God calls us to do, without resentment.

4. The desire to see all things from God’s eternal perspective (Matthew 6:19-20).
~Storing our treasure in heaven because we know this life is but a breath.

5. The desire to learn from God's correction and discipline (Hebrews 12:4-11).
~Being teachable, quick to repent, able to identify our sins and learn from them.

6. The desire to focus on others more than on himself (Philippians 2:3-4).
~Aware that self-focus leads to selfishness.

Dear Lord, help us to have all six of these desires.

Some thoughts for this devotion came from Tozer's 7 Characteristics of a Spiritual Man (Gasping for the Glory of God).


  1. I'm going to print this and tape it to the bathroom mirror!
    Sometimes, what comes after the comma, at the end of a sentence is convicting (#3).

    1. I'm with you on that one, Christine. I definitely can do better in all 6 of these areas. :)

  2. I think I do have the "desire"to do all of them. But then sometimes my life doesn't reflect that desire. But praise God for His grace and mercy, that He loves me so much He's willing to keep working in my life to help me look more like His Son. I am memorizing Phil 2:3-5, and verse 5 says, Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus. So my goal is to look at the world through Jesus' eyes and love like He does.

    1. Yes, none of us perfectly reflect these elements of our faith, but we are growing! And as we yield to him, He changes us from the inside out.


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