Sunday, January 9, 2011

Daily devotional: Deny myself and follow Jesus

Scripture
Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it."
Luke 9:23-24 NIV

Observation/Application
My chief end is not to have a prosperous life that maximizes my material wants and influence and standing before men. Instead, I must set aside these things and instead focus daily on following Jesus, even when that means taking up my own cross--putting to death my desires and instead focusing on my Lord and Savior and His commands and desires.

Prayer
Lord, I love you. Thank you for this weekend of refreshment and enjoyment. Please be glorified in everything I do. Help me to deny myself. Please reveal Your plan for me to me as I daily take up my cross to follow You. Let me not hold on to my life. Open the doors for me to let go of the things that are not what You have for me. Let Jim Elliot's journal note be mine too: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

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