“23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
What is the true measure of a man? We have all heard this saying from a skewed worldview; however, what does the Bible say about this topic? I can quickly tell you that true sacrifice, taking up your cross daily, and following Jesus Christ is the ONLY measure that matters!
This week, my wife and I are hosting three staffers from “Camp in the City.” This is a day camp, Monday through Friday, where campers experience Jesus through a variety of activities: Bible study, worship time, and other camp activities such as rock climbing all while actively engaging with college students who have sacrificed their entire summer to travel across the country to serve as followers of Jesus Christ.
I would call this true sacrifice!
In our current society, we learn to be selfish and envious of others. What does this look like in our day-to-day lives? “My car isn’t as nice as his.” “My house isn’t as big as hers.” “I wish I had the newest cellphone like my friend.” “I work harder than she does.” You see, we are constantly comparing ourselves – why? Our society teaches us such practices. Yes, my dear friends, this is not Christ-like.
Denying yourself brings true freedom!
It is beyond refreshing to listen to these young adults while they share their passion for leading young children and today’s youth by living like Jesus. As they ponder their future, they know that Jesus is at the center of their decisions. They are the quintessential definition of role-model while here on earth.
We must be full of Jesus and less of ourselves!