24. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
As our Lord, to fulfill his destiny, must sacrifice himself, so also must every one who would be his follower. To keep close to our Lord (which he intends by the words “come after me,”) we must have done with self, for he denied himself to redeem his people. We must not know self, nor assent to it, but we must each one “deny himself.” Doing this, each man must cheerfully shoulder his own personal burden of sorrow and service, and carry it with self-sacrifice, as Jesus carried his cross.
He had told them of his cross, now he tells them of their own crosses. They might now choose again whether they could and would follow him. With their increased information as to his destiny, the question was again set before them, whether they would follow or forsake him. If they did continue to be his followers, it must be as cross-bearers and self-deniers.
Nor are the terms altered in these days. Do we accept them?
Can we keep step in the long procession of crosscarriers, or will we fall in with the spirit of the age, and say fine things about Jesus, while we deny his substitutionary sacrifice, and shirk the personal selfdenial which he demands?
Our own wisdom, if it leads us to think lightly of “the precious blood,” must be utterly denied and even abhorred.
– Charles H. Spurgeon
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- To sacrifice our being for Christ
- The Realm of profession in Christianity
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- Deepening our Faith in Christ
- Loss & Found
- Fruit Bearer
- I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
- St. John’s Contemplative Gospel – Selfless Serving Of Others (Chapter 13)
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- Standing out and blending in
- Selflessness vs. Self-care, the Perpetual Dilemma
- B.B. Warfield – Christ’s Self-Sacrifice and Our’s
- Are You Sacrificing Yourself