In this message, the fifth in a series of what the Cross says about…, Pastor Barry speaks on self-denial.
Max Lucado writes, "When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or a favor from God, but God himself, we cross a threshold." This is the focus of self-denial! Seeking after God himself and in doing so, putting away anything that keeps us from finding him.
To say it a bit differently: There is a cost to being a disciple of Christ. In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 14 and verses 25 through 33 we read:
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
Following Christ is a commitment, a consecration, and a calling. It is self-denial. We must decrease so Christ can Increase!
Take a moment to listen to Pastor Barry’s latest message about the Cross of Christ. Cross Words: What The Cross Says About Self-Denial.