Week 36 Dying to self
S: Luke 9:23 (NIV)
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
O: Salvation is a free gift but also can be one of the hardest to utilise. The journey of faith requires a great sacrifice from us to fully enjoy its benefits. The scripture instructs and advises us that choosing to be a true follower of Christ is to give up our own way, daily endure whatever discomfort may come and follow Jesus. Reading this scripture you might ask, what does it mean to die to self? To die to self is the ability to forgo the wants of the flesh and put the things of God above all else in our lives! This is potentially one of the most difficult things that we might face as humans. This is because pursuing and serving God at its heart is to reorder our priorities, to as it says in Colossians set our affections and minds on the things above and by default take it off the tangible, distracting and self-destructive (Colossians 3:2). God created us in His image and He craves for a relationship with us. He also gave us free will to choose Him or not. The thing is, the benefits of following Him are everlasting but not always immediately tangible. In a world where everything happens fast, it is no wonder our impatience with the things of God keeps growing and therein lies the temptation to stop choosing God.
A: What is that thing or way of working that you feel you can’t do without that is now playing the role of God in your life? Why don’t you let go and follow God’s way. Trust His process and HIs timing.
P: Lord please help me to always trust you, your process and timing. You know best and today I choose to submit to your will and your way.