Deny self and follow Jesus

What does it mean to deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23)?

 

–          It means less sleep.

–          It means more meaningful time with loved ones.

–          It means seeking to understand before being understood.

–          It means death to appetites.

–          It means leaning on God’s grace.

–          It means paying attention to what is behind what someone is saying.

–          It means learning to love.

–          It means taking on God’s character.

–          It means discerning the right timing for a conversation about God.

–          It means restraint when the Spirit prompts you to remain silent.

–          It means showing an interest in what others are doing.

–          It means leading by example.

–          It means extending grace to others.

–          It means following God when you don’t want to.

–          It means conforming our hearts to His.

–          It means believing what you know to be true.

–          It means developing self-control.

–          It means praying for the sole purpose of getting to know God.

–          It means being a student of self.

–          It means showing up to meetings on time.

–          It means assuming the best in others.

–          It means seeking to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.

–          It means humility.

–          It means being excited when someone walks in the room.

–          It means building people up.

–          It means edification.

–          It means inspiration.

–          It means becoming enthusiastic about the things of God.

–          It means loving what is good.

–          It means trying to shepherd instead of telling someone what to do.

–          It means encouragement.

–          It means looking at ourselves as God sees us.

–          It means not wallowing in self pity.

–          It means a healthy identity of Christ in me.

–          It means He must increase and I must decrease.

 

Friends at Grace, I admit I am not perfect and that I need to deny myself, pick up my cross, and follow Jesus not just on the big things, but the little things as well.  Please pray for me as I seek to become more like Christ.  Please also know I am praying for you. 

 

“May the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” 

~ Numbers 6:24-6:26  NIV

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