In a conversation with the Lord a few months ago He spoke to me regarding this issue:
“Look” He said, “Look at all these church leaders busy doing things for the kingdom.They have great ministries,great projects,and many followers but if I asked them tonight to sell everything they have, to leave their church, ministry without saying a word, to slip away quietly in obedience to me…very few would do it.”
“Very few have actually laid down their life for me. Their ministry, their projects and the “fame” they have amongst christians are now idols in their lives. They nolonger hear me, neither do they really seek me. I am not Lord of their lives, even though it may look like it. Their heart is not in total submission and they nolonger act as a servant of mine waiting to do my bidding”
“If I asked them to leave it all in a moments notice, many will not even hear me yet others will be like the person who “wanted to go back and bury their parent first” before they will serve me”
All I would say to anyone is make sure NOTHING over takes God in your life. He must remain central at all times and there must be a “daily lay down your life and take up your cross”. Dying to self on a daily basis is crucial to stay in touch with God.