What are we willing to sacrifice for God? We have our lives, our routines, and sometimes following, trusting, and drawing closer to God seems to be another thing on our to-do list. At times, we unfortunately don’t make Him a priority and we fit Him in where we have time in our schedule.
I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of it. “I’ll read my Word first thing in the morning,” I’ll tell myself. Or, “I’ll get my daily reading done during lunch.” Though I’ve made that plan, things will happen. I may not wake up as early as I intended. Or during lunch, I’ll have some things I need to get done instead.
Who else has been guilty of ignoring God because something just came up? Maybe we didn’t really want to do what He said just then, or we had our own way we wanted to do things. Maybe we were more concerned with how others would look at us and maybe treat us differently afterwards. In Mark 8:34 (AMP), Jesus told those around Him that to truly follow Him one had to “set aside selfish interests … [express] a willingness to endure whatever may come … [conform] to My example in living and, if need be, [suffer] or perhaps [die] because of faith in Me”.
After all He’s done for us, this shouldn’t even be a question, but how willingly are we to give up the “things” of this world and intently live for Him?
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Mark 8:34-35 (AMP) Jesus called the crowd together with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake and the gospel’s will save it [from the consequences of sin and separation from God].