Daily Devotion Saturday, November 16

Saturday, November 16, 2013 – Psalm 107; Nehemiah 13:4-22; Revelation 20:1-6 and Matthew 16:21-28

Matthew 16:21-28 – 24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?

Today we hear our Lord say; ““If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

What does it mean to you to deny yourself and take up your cross and follow Christ? I think it is different for each of us. Yet the outcome is the same. Those who do this find real life in the here and now, not just the hereafter. Those who do this discover the joys of real life lived in relationship with God.

For me this is a daily adventure. In a very real sense this is the question I should ask myself each and every morning. It is the question I should ask myself throughout the day.

What does this mean to me? To deny myself means denying some of the “pleasures” of this life because there is a higher calling. It means putting Christ first and foremost in my life and seeking to love others as God has loved me.

Jesus’ cross was dying that all might have forgiveness of sins and be offered new life. My cross might be living that others can see the love of God in my whole life.

O Christ, help me be a better disciples as I seek to put you first in all my life and live that others might see your love through me. Guide me as I seek to truly follow you. Amen.

Psalm 107 – O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever.

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