I don’t recall where or when I first heard following story, but it has often caused me to stop and ask myself about my attitude and motivations:
A man prayed to the Lord: “Lord, make me like you; may my words & thoughts be like yours; may my actions produce great fruit…”
This was his regular prayer.
Then one day a voice from within – perhaps the Holy Spirit, perhaps his own mind – simply said one word: “Why?”
“What do you mean, ‘Why?’ Lord, it’s a standard prayer!”
But why did he want to be like the Lord? Why do I want to be like Jesus?
1. So people will think highly of us?
2. For God’s Glory
3. Because the Lord is pleased with Jesus
How we answer makes a world of difference.