“Let Him Deny Himself”

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
(Matthew 16:24)

To deny yourself is not refusing yourself something that you want, even if it is for the greater good. That is temperance or self control. Neither is the idea of giving up something you love as an effort to sacrifice for God, denying yourself. That is self-righteousness. To deny yourself has nothing to do with “things” at all, but rather, it has to do with you. It is to remove yourself from the equation in the accomplishment of a thing. It is to give all glory to God. It is to say with Paul. “Not I but Christ;” with John, “He must increase and I must decrease” and with Jeremiah, “He that glorieth, let him glory in the LORD.”

Tim James

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