And he who does not take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conforming wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also] is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his [lower] life will lose it [the higher life], and whoever loses his [lower] life on My account will find it [the higher life].” Matthew 10:38-39 AMP
The works or acts of Jesus is what He did for us or what we’re in Him or how we are related to Him .
Intimacy with Jesus Christ our Lord goes beyond that. In intimacy we must understand submission to God from a free heart, that is given ourselves wholly to Him and trusting Him completely to take care of our daily challenges. And this is what gives birth to humility which is the cure of worldliness or the work of the flesh which always tries to hinder our intimacy with God Almighty.
We can’t follow God and fulfill His plan and purpose for our lives without submission and absolute humility. This can only happen as we become intimate with Him.
Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” Philippians 2:6-8 AMP
Jesus Christ our Lord could only triumph over the power of darkness because of intimacy with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He (Jesus Christ) submitted and humbled Himself with the Help of Holy Spirit in order to follow the footsteps of the Father even as the Holy Spirit leads Him.
Let’s pray together:
Heavenly Father I thank You for Your word. I pray that the mind of Christ rule and dominate me as the Spirit of God helps me to be intimate with Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.