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Giving Your All

Topic: Giving Your All

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:23-26, Rom 12:1-2

Main Text
Luke 9:23-25

'Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?'

Denying self requires us to give up anything that we would want or seek that would hinder us from doing the will of God. This does not mean that, if we want something, it is necessarily wrong. It means we must take our wants and desires down from the throne and place Jesus and His will as the governing power in our lives.

There is room in each life for only one master (Matt. 6:19-24). If God is to rule in our lives, then our will must be made subservient to His. We must be willing to give up anything in life in order to please God.

"Taking up your cross" refers to giving your whole life to God, as Jesus gave His life for us. This involves bearing burdens, but it is deeper than that. It is a total dedication of life. Our whole life is given to His service in anything He says. This will lead us to willingly deny self. Following Him then requires us to live as He lived His life.

Whatever He wants with my life is what must be done with it daily. What I want no longer matters, but I give myself for Him, just as He gave Himself for us despite the fact His human nature did not want to have to do it.

The determination to give our lives to God's service is called "repentance." In repenting we determine to turn away from our own will and live our lives to please God. We cannot be saved without this, and that is why repentance is so important in salvation. It also explains why so many people are not truly Jesus' disciples (whether or not they may claim to be His disciples): because they are not willing to make this total sacrifice.

The best way to consistently follow Christ under His conditions is to strive to make Him our treasure.
If He is our treasure we won’t struggle when we’re called to deny ourselves and serve others. For you to be saved you have to lose something for Christ's sake.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross which enables me to deny myself for Your sake in Jesus' mighty name. Amen

Tell a neighbour about Jesus Christ today. Blessings!
Shalom