Read Luke 9:21-27

Focal Verse

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

Bible Study

The cross is at the heart of Jesus’ conditions for discipleship.  He tells us if we want to follow him, we must deny ourselves and pick up our cross.  It’s not the best marketing plan if one wants to attract followers, but Jesus isn’t afraid to lead with hard truths.  Carrying the cross is not reserved for exceptional moments such as martyrdom but is a daily task involving dying to one’s desires so as to belong to Christ more completely. 

Reflection and Application

Self-denial moves our heart to be able to say a greater yes to Jesus.  

Prayer

Jesus, I want to follow you faithfully and to be led by your word.  You know me, and you love me.  I place my trust in you, and I put my whole life into your hands.

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