Colossians 1:10 (AMPC) 10 That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and [a]desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, [b]acquaintance, and recognition].
Sacrifice can sound like a dirty word. We can sometimes be more concerned with what we get rather than what we give. In order to maintain balance we have to do some things for ourselves and not neglect our needs. But we want to have enough balance to not be caught up in self-absorption. If what we want for ourselves does not line up with the word of God then it may be time to sacrifice that want or let it go.
If you feel miserable more than you feel joyful it may be that you have yourself on your mind in an out of balance way. When you trust nobody but yourself, demand everyone agree with you, get upset when people don’t realize all you do for them (but fail to realize what they have done for you) among other things, there may be a chance that you are self-centered.
Matthew 7:12 (AMPC)12 So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.
Being self-centered is an important issue to address as we are growing in spiritual maturity. Jesus died so we no longer have to live for ourselves. The greatest thing Jesus died for was to set me free from me. Sometimes the cross we carry is to live unselfishly in a world where people need to see Jesus in us. God works through people. When we pray for God to work in a situation, usually what you see is he works in a person and the person changes the situation.
Luke 9:23-25 (AMPC) 23 And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [[a]disown himself, [b]forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, [c]refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [[d]cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also]. 24 For whoever would preserve his life and save it will lose and destroy it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he will preserve and save it [[e]from the penalty of eternal death]. 25 For what does it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and ruins or forfeits (loses) himself?
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen