I feel especially indicted this morning on the subject of self denial. I am a selfish person. I have spent money and time on things not pleasing to God. If I could take all the money I’ve blown I could probably feed a homeless person for a couple of years off the dollar menu at McDonalds. How could I change? What can I do to lose myself and gain God’s favor?
I have been slowly trying to think of my prized possessions as stuff. Now when I shop, I think, “Do I need this, or do I just want it?” Nine times out of 10 I just want it. Then I have to ask why do I want it. Is it to distract me from my obligations to God and my family, or will it enhance my relationship to either?
Matthew 16:24-27 says: “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”
God’s original purpose for man was to build relationships with him and to fellowship with others in Christ. This purpose hasn’t changed, but man has. We have found many ways to ignore God. What things are you doing to ignore God? How would you feel if those things were taken away?