Monday, April 30, 2012

Worship: Denying Yourself

Jesus says in Luke 9:23, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  These words are so pointed, so direct, and so real, but hard to put into context for me.  What does it mean to deny yourself?  As a culture, we are so focused on ourselves. The idea of taking “me” out of the equation sounds crazy.  Denying yourself is something that must be done if we are to truly worship God. This denial of self should take place daily.   Surrendering our heart, soul, mind, and attitudes must be done if we are to be a true worshipper and follower of God. God wants our everything. Worship with the wrong mindset, wrong focus, and wrong attitudes isn’t worship at all.  With this in mind, how can you deny yourself today?  What must you change in your life for this self-denial to take place?

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