#50 The Cross: Abandon Self for HIM
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Luke 9:23 AMP
And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].
The Amplified Bible gives the most profound definition of “deny yourself.” And this version describes perfectly the manner of “following” – cleave, conform, die.
There are four great words that surround the Cross.
- IF: the choice. The cross and discipleship are the same issue, but they are always a free choice.
- WILLS: the surrender of the will.
- COME AFTER ME: follow Christ – not thrills, not perks, not causes, not people but the Lord Jesus.
- DENY: reject, renounce, forgo your Self’s dreams, ambition, desires and above all RIGHTS.
The Cross is ever a choice, daily a choice to take God’s side against your self-preservation and self-exaltation.