Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24
Most of us think of Christianity as Jesus death and resurrection, but there another part which is our part. In order to truly be a Christian we must deny ourselves and become true disciples of Christ. Jesus is a relationship with God, just like any relationship it’s a two-way street. Jesus did his part for us now it’s up to us to do our part for him.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. Matthew 16:25
Like Jesus said if you truly want to be reborn you have to let your old self die. That means giving up your worldly lusts for your own pleasure, if you don’t you will just keep falling back into the same traps Satan has planned for you. Become transformed by the renewing of your mind
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26
You need to make a choice, is there any sin worth dying for? Is the temporary pleasure you feel today worth death for eternity? Sin leads to death, make no mistake about it so you need to choose.Jesus is not a permanent “Get out of Jail Free” card, God is willing to forgive thru Jesus sacrifice only if you are being honest.
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. Matthew 16:27
God doesn’t have a welfare system, everyone is rewarded by the works they have performed for him. What are you doing today for Gods Kingdom? Are you being the Light of the World and The Salt of The Earth? Are you making disciples of all the nations?
“Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Matthew 16:28
Thru Jesus we will have eternal life just as he promised, but we must deny ourselves first , carry your cross, and follow him. Are you willing to do this today, your reward is great in Heaven in Jesus Name Amen