Series: The Jesus Traits
Author: Randy Tomko
If you want to live in reality, if you want to live in truth, if you want to live in rightness, that means there will be times of denial in your life.
Times to pick up your cross, times to follow Christ in ways that might even fight against our own emotions and desires.
When those internal conflicts arise, that’s where we must trust God and God alone to point the way forward.
34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:34-38 (NIV)