If we don’t get past telling our kids “no” and on to telling ourselves “no” then we’re heading for as much trouble as they should be when they don’t listen…especially when it comes to following Jesus.
Denying-self is simply a different way of having to tell ourselves “no”. And denying self is simply something that we must say “yes” to.
Inconvenient? We better believe it! Still necessary? We better believe that too!
So just to make sure we all understand what’s getting said (because the word “no” has so many meanings, right?) – if we’re someone that does not like hearing the word “no” then we’re not going to like what we’re about to hear:
“Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?” (Luke 9:23-25)