Mark 8:34-35 – Do I really want to follow Jesus?

S – Mark 8:34-35 “Then, calling the crowd to join His disciples, He said, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.”

0 – This is after Jesus asks His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” (v. 27)  They profess He is the Messiah.  Jesus tells them He will have to die and then rise again… and if you want to follow Me, “you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me.”

A – I must deny myself to follow Jesus.  Today, I want to look for ways God is calling me to take up my cross.

P – Lord, I don’t want to just say you are the Messiah, I want to follow You with my life.  Give me the supernatural ability to lay down my life to follow You.  I confess I am selfish.  Help me want to live like Jesus.

How can you “give up your life… for the sake of the Good News” today?

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