“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 23-24, and Luke 9.
God is not dazzled by our deeds. He notes our selfish intent.
We do, so that we can get. Even the things we intentionally “do” for Him are tainted. Our motives stink!
I must “do” with no intention of getting, according to this verse.
I must not set out to get a reward and I must not wonder why I haven’t been rewarded after I do something.
Test yourself on this one: Do something nice/good at home without anyone knowing about it. Notice how something inside of you not only wants your deed to be recognized but also wants someone to appreciate it. That is NOT denying yourself. It’s selfish.
I like the word “daily” in this verse. Why? Being Godly must be a routine. It isn’t when I’m rested, and things are going well. It must happen regularly.
I long for a steady connection to God. I strive often for ways to do it. I am often troubled by a disconnection that creeps into my life. I don’t want that happening.
Lately, I have been reciting the following line as often as possible: “God, where are You in this moment and what do You want me to see and do?” Try it. I am finding that when I repeat it, I am better ready to please God in my midst.
“Lord, You are my God. I need You every second. Forgive me for my selfishness. I give You me. Cleanse me and empower me to rightly represent You in the rest of today. I love You, Lord.”
Deny yourself. Give Him the glory.