Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it."
Matthew 16:24-25 NIV
We find real life by giving up our rights and selfish ambitions and giving ourselves completely over to Jesus Christ. This is not the easy road. We have to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Christ. But in choosing this path of following after Jesus, we will experience the Kingdom of God, both now in this life here and eternally. It is a life worth dying to ourselves for!
Don't focus on living a life of luxury or one focused on making my life easier. Instead, look to Jesus Christ and be fully devoted to Him.
Lord, I love you. Thank you for this new day. Thank you for taking care of me and my family, and for providing beyond our needs. Please help me to understand more fully what it means to deny myself and to take up my cross to follow You. Help me to do this each day. I want to experience all that You have for me. Align my desires and passions with Yours. Help me to not only experience what You have in store for the fully devoted follower of Jesus, but also be a good example and teacher to my family and friends.