Or Following Jesus…
My friend and I had a discussion about self-esteem, and she provided links about self-esteem not being biblical. Being open-minded, I took a look at the article, and it has caused me to really take a closer look at what I have learned through the years.
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples,
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself,
and take up his cross and follow Me.
Taking up crosses, crosses. Are these burdens? Or are these the weight of our sins? I think it is the combination of both. Denying ourselves is not being selfish or self-centered. I try my hardest not to be. I think we all have moments when we are faced with being selfish. I catch myself most of the time. I hope.
25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
We need to give ourselves over to God and follow where he leads. He will not forsake us or lead us astray. We tend to lead ourselves astray with all the temptations around us. Focusing on Him is hard sometimes, but we must stay the course and not be lead into temptation.
26 “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
“I would give anything to have…” I would give anything to be able to…” “I would sell my soul…” Have you started a sentence or two this way? I have caught myself saying this. We all have desires and wishes. It becomes in a problem in our Christian lives when we want something so bad, we are willing to sacrifice anything to attain it. When we step away from God to make our desires reality, we are forsaking Him. Remember, He gave us our gifts and talents. When we create, give of ourselves, or help others, we are glorifying Him.
I have never thought of myself as pretty. I know that I am smart and talented, but it wasn’t until I chose to follow God that I realized it was through Him. He makes in his own image, and therefore we must do things that glorify Him. I have fallen short, been so deep in despair that I have thought of taking my own life. I have been selfish, and self-important. There were times that I put things before Him. I have always prayed for His guidance and grace. We all need it, though some of us think we can do it alone.
Until next time, God Bless.