In the Bible we find these most humbling words of Christ: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) Denying self can be a very challenging task.
The challenge comes as for our innate desire is not to deny self but to make sure that we minimize our risks while we maximize our benefits. When missionary Dr. David Livingstone was working in Africa, a group of friends wrote him: “We would like to send other men to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?” Dr. Livingstone sent this message in reply: “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”
There’s a big difference between just being interested in doing something and actually making a commitment to doing it! Just being interested allows us the freedom do a thing only when our circumstances permit. However, making a commitment to do that thing means accepting no excuses and no reservations. It means putting aside our fears and reservations moving forward till we see the end result! Dr. Livingstone was looking for results, and this required persons of commitment!
As the New Year gets underway, let us reevaluate our commitments. Let us consider the words of Jesus that we must deny self and go, as well as do things, that although may be uncomfortable will make for a better world and a show of our dedication to a higher calling and an eternal destiny. So as we begin the New Year, let us commence with the commitment take up our cross and follow Christ no matter what the cost!
With 2015 under way, let us examine our lives and place our commitments with our Lord, our families, jobs and out community that will take us out of our comfort zone and into the denying of self zone. It may make us uncomfortable but the blessing and benefits will be out of this world!
The RTFM Team!