“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.“
We live in a culture that teaches us to glorify ourselves and to pursue comfort, control, and the satisfaction of our every desire above all else.
So in as much as many of us profess Christ in private and amongst safe groups…we are ashamed to do so in public especially with regards to social and political norms that scripture clearly speaks against.
To choose Christ and deny ourselves, and the many sinful norms of the world can feel like death, but that is what Jesus calls us to do!
He tells us that, to follow Him we will have to relinquish all control and often endure suffering and rejection.
But He also promises us that, like Him…we will triumph through our suffering.
As we enter Holy week, let us hear Him calling us…and let us willingly deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him, trusting that He will lead us to victory…first in this world and then in the world to come.
Gracious God, I thank You that You have revealed Your Son to me, that Jesus is the Christ, the Deliverer. Please give me the grace I need to follow You. I know that You alone are worthy and I want to give You my life…help me to do so…Amen.