Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24
We went to a Saturday night service at a church we’ve been visiting tonight and we are feeling fairly certain this church is where the Lord wants us right now. We were so moved by tonight’s service and the church’s passion for missions. If anyone has nothing to do in the morning and can’t get out to church you can watch it here at 9:30m 11:30, and 6pm. http://live.woodlandschurch.tv/
One verse that really hit home though is a verse I have heard and read 1000 times. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must DENY themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Deny ourselves. It doesn’t say indulge ourselves. I live a very indulgent life. There aren’t a lot of hardships I have to endure unless you include sleep deprivation from having four kids who seem to have caffeine pumping through their veins for blood. My life is very good. One question I have had several people ask me when I’ve told them I’ve taken on this challenge is, “what’s the point?”. Of course I had my own answer to the point, I want to learn to be thankful and realize just how good I got it. But when I read this tonight it really hit me what the real point is. To draw closer to God. To really be his disciple. God tells us we have to deny ourselves, our sinful flesh, our selfish desires, our greed, before we can ever pick up our cross and follow him. And that folks is what I’m trying to learn to do.