SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/14/15- “What Have You Got To Lose?”
Premise Question: Are you wearing a cross, as a fashion statement, or are you denying yourself, and your own cross, is wearing you?
Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “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 and for the gospel will save it. (Mark 8:34-35 NIV)
After giving Peter a strong, but necessary rebuke, Jesus called the crowd together, along with the rest of His disciples, and then spoke this forcefully vigorous admonition: “Whoever desires to be one of My disciples, must first deny themselves, by saying no to their own desires, agendas and ambitions, and then they must take up their own cross and follow Me to the place of My cross death, and there, die themselves. For whoever tries to only make a show of the gospel, with lip service, in order to somehow save their life, but not actually be willing to die to themselves, will not be successful in sparing their own life, but ultimately will lose it; but, if they lose their life for the sake of Me and My gospel, the Good News, they will surely not only save their own life, but also be involved in the wonderful process of saving the lives of others.” (Mark 8:34-35 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Unless we deny ourselves, by saying no to our own desires, agendas, and ambitions and then, say yes to The LORD, by picking up our own cross to bear and following Him to the place of the skull, Golgotha, where He was crucified and died for all of humankind, and there, at the place of our own personal Golgotha, allow ourselves to be crucified and die to all of our own desires, agendas, and ambitions, we will never truly experience life in all of its fullness! It’s not enough to look the part, by wearing a cross, but we must be willing to have the cross wear us! Blessings…