Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
What does it mean to pick up our cross daily? The denial of self is an ideology that is fading within society. Instead of being taught denial, we are being instructed to bring into our lives all that we desire at any cost. To deny ourselves is to set aside our personal wants and desires and seek to make the presence of God known. To deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily is to set aside our desires and replace them with the cause of Christ. To deny ourselves will not come with ease, but it will bring with it the surety of God’s approval.
Lord, help me deny myself and walk powerfully within this world, holding to Your cause, the sharing of the gospel of salvation.