The Cross that Bids Me Deny

Reading the devotional, “Beside the Still Waters,” I was moved once again by Jesus’ words to His disciples,

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (Matt. 16:24).”

Attempting to give us an idea of this denial Jesus speaks of, this author takes the reader to the scene when Peter denied Christ. During that, the lowest point in Peter’s life, he would fully disown Jesus before his accusers.

With that woeful thought in mind, isn’t that very similar to what Jesus says to us in Matthew’s account of the gospel?

“Deny yourself and follow me”

It seems that Jesus anticipates that his followers will disown their former selves, being a new creature in Him. It’s not for selfish reasons that our Lord demands this though. It is as much for our own good as for the Kingdom itself.

To refuse to be obedient to Jesus’ command to deny ourselves is like choosing to stand in a darkened back alley eating an old moldy hotdog all along refusing the beckoning banquet hall owner who offers access to a grand buffet.

When we lose our lives in His, we find the true and abundant life. It’s well illustrated by Jesus’ parable of the treasure hidden in a field. The finder is willing to joyfully shuck off and sell everything to attain what he’s aware awaits him buried in the field.

Jesus says to us today,

“Let it go. If need be, give it all away. Forsake all the weak and beggarly stuff; pick that cross up, and come with me.”

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About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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2 Responses to The Cross that Bids Me Deny

  1. What a blessing is hindsight! We *know* God’s Word is true, but all we have to do is to look back on our own experiences to see that when we have NOT denied self, but gone our own way, pleasing ourselves, we might have found a VERY small and short time of ‘pleasure’ but it soon became misery. On the other hand, as we look back on times when we did indeed deny self and follow Him, we might have been, for a VERY short time, in difficult circumstances, but the absolute joy and triumph He gave far, far, far outweighed it.

    As everyone who heard Jesus utter those words well knew, a person carrying a cross was as good as dead. He was on his way to execution, with NO hope of reprieve. When He called us to take up our cross, He was telling us to count ourselves as dead – dead to self and self will. It is not logical to cling to our own will when His life, His will, His abundant goodness, His power and enabling are ours.

    God is no man’s debtor. When we give, He outgives with a much bigger shovel. We CANNOT be the loser!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    MT yes total denying the old and commitment to new life is for our good for a compromisor lives a horrible life being caught between the two. Those who have been able to live above the fray in the Holy Spirit’s empowerment are truly blessed.

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