This concept is one of the most difficult that Jesus taught. As human beings, we crave control over our situations and what happens to us. We very much like our free will, but at the same time want safety and security. Jesus is quite direct when explaining what is actually best for us. We must give up our way and follow His way, even to the point of sacrificing our lives. If we don’t, we run the risk of losing our place in heaven with Him.
Questions for further thought:
1. Which do you treasure more: your way or Jesus’ way? What evidence in your life supports this answer?
2. Where is Jesus calling you to follow Him today?
Challenge: Be bold in your prayers this week. Ask God to push aside your worries, fears, and doubts and instead fill you with courage. Ask Him to make it crystal clear to you how He wants you to give up your life for His sake. Then take a concrete step this week toward following His way. Don’t wait!
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