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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

June 16, 2015

Tuesday

 

Matthew 16:24-25

 

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus proceeded to clarify the way of discipleship. He had just explained what was involved in messiahship, and now He explained what is involved in discipleship. In view of Jesus’ death, His disciples, as well as He, would have to die to self. However, they could rejoice in the assurance that the kingdom would come eventually. Glory would follow suffering. Interestingly, this was one of Peter’s main emphases in his first epistle. He learned this lesson well. Discipleship would require self-denial in the most fundamental areas of individuality. What Jesus said applies to anyone who really wants to follow Him. To deny oneself means in every moment of life to say no to self, and to say yes to God.

Denying self requires us to give up anything that we would want or seek that would hinder our doing the will of God. This does not mean that, if we want something, it is necessarily wrong. It means we must take our wants and desires down from the throne and place Jesus and His will as the governing power in our lives.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:1

 

 

 

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