“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.” Luke 9:23-24
Simply put, those who live for their own self interests deny Christ. Those who live for Christ’s interests glorify Him in laying down their lives so He can live through them.
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 8:35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 8:37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
If I am not serving Him – the exact way He told me to in His Word – it is because I am ashamed of Him and serving my own self interests. If such is the case with my life, why would I want to be a total hypocrite by claiming verbally to be a child of God?
“And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist (knew) ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Luke 2:49
SIMPLE PRAYER: LORD, right this moment, I lay down my life, the one You gave me, and beg You to fill and possess me fully – to consume me. Fill me with Your love overflowing and live Your life through this vessel. I love You supremely Jesus. Amen.