TOPIC: LET HIM DENY HIMSELF PT4
TEXT: MATT. 16:24
''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.''
He that can deny himself, shows clearly he can follow Christ even unto death; self-denial prepares a man to face anything for Christ. He who is afraid to die for what he believes, is a selfish man and does not actually believe his belief: for no man is reputed for believing anything unless he can deny comfort, name and place for such. Let us consider two clauses from the above text, viz., 'deny himself' and 'take up his cross' The word 'deny' notes, renouncetion and disown. It is actually the opposite of the compound words, 'take up' in our text. As if our Lord had said, 'Drop self and take up the cross; drop self and pick death' The cross notes death and anihilation. All of these come to this: he who would walk into death's zone for the sake of Christ; he who would take any trouble for the gospel's sake, must be such that can drop self, put self behind and heed not the moaning of self-will. When Jesus invites us to take up our cross, He was indeed telling us that a call to follow Him, is a call to die with Him. Oh! how the present generation of saints staggers from the mention of afflictions and pains for Christ's sake! The craze for township worship centers, and frown on rural mission, show that we are not followers of Christ, but such as are looking for their comfort. A crossless christianity is a child of man-made christianity! If our ways are not full of crosses, it shows that we are not be on the right way. The right way is narrow! Self-love makes us run away from laying down our life for the Gospel. What have you denied for your faith? What cross have we borne for Christ? Our gospel is not worth acceptation if it is not dyed in the blood of our comfort. To be continued