March 15, 2017
Matthew 16:24 - Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Pastor Jamie talked about this verse in chapel on Tuesday. I don’t know if anyone else was moved by what he said, but I was. This idea of denying yourself. I generally thought about it in terms of what I needed to give up in order to follow Jesus. I was always thinking much too small. It isn’t the idea of what I can and can’t do; it is the idea of who I am and what path I will follow. Sometimes I think I have good plans, well intentioned ones, that are God pleasing. But what if they aren’t God’s plan for me? What if I am making the plan and not listening to what God says the plan is for my life?
The idea of denying yourself in this verse is the idea of total surrender to God’s will for our lives. God does have a plan and no matter how good and thought out our plan may be it will never match God’s plan for us. This doesn’t mean we should just sit back and never make a plan for our lives. But as we do make the plan we need to listen for God’s direction. Sometimes He turns us in ways we do not expect. I am going to try to work a little harder at denying myself and listening to God’s plan in my life, because I know He has so much more for me than I could ever think of myself. Will you join me in this journey?
Mr. Robert Koehne