Sunday, May 28, 2017
Deny Yourself - What It Means
Jesus said that whoever wishes to come after Him must deny himself, pick up his cross every day and follow Him. Many believers want to know what it means to deny yourself. The most important person in the life of every human is himself, his own preservation, his own comfort, his own ambitions, his own opinion, everything about himself; and Jesus says that if we wish to come after Him we must say no to self. We must deny our self our own rights, our own pleasures, our own opinion and we must submit ourselves to Jesus. We must live for Him for His kingdom, for His approval.
The most important person in your life is then no longer you, but Jesus and that is why he taught us to pray:"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done." It is no longer my will be done, but it is God's will to be done. Unless we are willing to deny our self, to say no to our self, and live to please Jesus, to make Him the most important person in our life, then we cannot be His disciple, we cannot follow Him, we cannot please Him and we cannot enter his kingdom. That is the price, the cost of discipleship. We must say no to ourselves and yes to Jesus. We must deny ourselves and serve Jesus Christ.
May Jesus bless you.