Jesus Demands Self-denial

Beautiful post @ Redbird’s Roost!

I have been struggling with some issues inside of me, so the taking up of my cross and following Jesus has been an uphill battle, many tears shed, and self loathing at my own defeat. I’m getting back up though. Every time I mess up I just get back up. I know that as bad as it hurts, just to try again is a good thing. Today I fight a whole new battle. Today’s priorities are not yesterday’s.

Redbird's Roost

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.'” Luke 9:23 (NASB)
The call to follow Jesus is a demand for daily self-denial. Jesus’ call is to a sacrificial way of living. It is a summons to a continuous denial of self-centeredness. The call to follow Him is not just a one-time commitment to Christ in a moment and its all over. Christ’s summons to discipleship is a call to begin living the Christlike way of life everyday. To take up your cross daily.
Jesus has called us to a way of life that demands sacrificial living, and when we begin to realize that the cross is supposed to be a way of life, it is even more offensive to us today than it was to the people of Jesus’ day. Few…

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