The first recorded words from Jesus in the Gospels was in John 1:38. Here’s what John 1:36-38 says: “As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, ‘Look! There is the Lamb of God!’ When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following. ‘What do you want?’ he asked them.” After this, they asked Jesus were He was staying, and Jesus replied with, “Come and see.”
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you should ask yourself this question: what do you want out of following Jesus? What is your motive? Sometimes it’s easy for us to get caught up in doing something for Jesus so much that we forget what our ultimate purpose is as His followers.
Look at your own life and your own heart, and be honest with yourself! For example, when you pray, is it only because you want something from God, or do you truly want just to be with Him? When you serve, is it out of a desire to be seen by God or people, or maybe to prove something to them? Or do you serve in your ministry because that is how God designed you to grow His Kingdom?
When we really understand that our God-given purpose in life is to be a conduit for getting people to a place where they can meet God, our motives will begin to change. Your ultimate goal isn’t for people to like you, but to invite people to experience the same change that you experienced when the Holy Spirit came into your life.