“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” MATTHEW 16:25

Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus says “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it.” Jesus is saying, “If you desire oneness with Me you must die.” He says,

“Deny yourself”, Jesus is talking about your sinful desires, lust, drunkenness, greed, selfishness. Deny your own personal plans, goals, ambitions, for Me. Deny yourself to serve others, for what others want, and for My will. He says if you want to be my disciple, you want to come with Me, you have to have the same attitude. Not what is best for you, but what is best for the will of God, the Kingdom of Heaven, and your fellow man.

“We must deny ourselves absolutely, we must not admire our own shadow, nor gratify our own humour; we must not lean to our own understanding, nor seek our own things, nor be our own end. We must deny ourselves comparatively; we must deny ourselves for Christ, and his will and glory, and the service of his interest in the world; we must deny ourselves for our brethren, and for their good; and we must deny ourselves for ourselves, deny the appetites of the body for the benefit of the soul.” (Matthew Henry).

Have you completely died to yourself? Are willing to walk into trouble for the will of God? What value do you place on your life? Are you more concerned with the ways of culture, or being taken advantage of? Or are you more concerned with the ways of Christ? Have you surrendered your inflated view of yourself? Have you died to financial security, life preservation, and pride? Are you willing to deny your wants, desires, and comfort for those of others?

The true Christian lives a life that is more concerned with others, than self. Entrance into Christ’s Kingdom requires complete death to self. You cannot find your richest personal fulfillment until you sacrifice your time, strength, and resources to God’s will. Christ showed His love by dying for us; we show our love by living for Him.

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