Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "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 and for the gospel will save it."
Mark 8:34-35 NIV
Jesus calls us to turn from selfish ambition and the things that mankind holds important to the things of God and total devotion to Him. We tend to hold on to that which we know and see now instead of putting our hope in what God has revealed to us is in store for our future. By letting go and following wholeheartedly after God through Jesus, we may risk our earthly position, status, or even life, but what we gain is real and fulfilling life, both now and for eternity!
Knowing what the Lord has in store for me enables me to rejoice even in suffering. Set aside my selfish ambitions and follow fully after my Lord Jesus.
Lord, I trust You. I choose to follow You, even though that takes constant re-prioritizing and though I am grossly imperfect in following You fully. Please continue to show me how and empower me to always deny myself, take up my cross, and follow You fully. Thank you for the Holy Spirit, who lives within me and guides me into all truth! I love you.