I must be careful which Jesus is lord of my life. Is he the real Jesus of poverty, chastity, and obedience? Or is he the Jesus of earthly power and wealth, or impure desires, or hatred and pride? We create our own false Jesus when we refuse to submit to the lordship of the real Jesus–the Jesus who loves a meek and broken heart, who loves a mind focused on his Father, who loves obedience and praying for one’s enemies.
The opposite happens in the life of the disciple than what is expected when he submits himself to the three vows bred from the three temptations of Jesus. Poverty seems to bring want but provides abundance. Chastity seems to take from us intimacy but in truth provides the same. Obedience seems like the surest way to slavery but actually makes us co-rulers with Jesus.
I must confess and remain clean. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Go and sin no more. When he checks my words or mind or actions, am I listening? His sheep hear his voice.