Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 NIV
Salvation is a free gift, but following Christ will cost everything! We begin by giving up our rights (deny self). We give up the right to determine our own future and let Jesus determine it for us. We give up the right to a comfortable, peaceful, self-determined life and give Jesus the right to use and place us as He sees best for furthering His purposes.
He not only calls us to deny ourselves, but to die to self (take up our cross) daily. Each day and every moment of each day we must choose to live for Jesus instead of self. Each day we strive to please Him and not people. Following and obeying Him is our passion. We live for Him and Him alone, playing our life to an audience of One — seeking to end our lives by hearing Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
- What does Jesus say in the following passages it will cost to follow Him? — Matthew 8:18-22; Luke 14:25-33
- What do the following verses say is involved in dying to self? — John 12:24-26; Romans 12:1-2
Question to ponder: What is keeping you from unreservedly and wholeheartedly following Jesus?
Passages for further study: Mark 10:28-31; Philippians 3:7-11