Hey there! Let’s chat about something super important in the Christian life: discipleship. Yep, being a disciple means being a learner, someone who follows Jesus and shapes their life to look more like His. Sounds simple, but it’s a game-changer.

So, where do we start with following Jesus? Well, He tells us that the first step is to deny ourselves. I know, it sounds tough, but it basically means putting Jesus’ desires above our own. It’s like saying, “Okay, Jesus, I trust you more than I trust myself.” It means admitting we don’t have all the answers or know the best way to navigate life. Humbling, right?

Here’s the kicker: discipleship isn’t a one-time deal. It’s a lifestyle that we live out every single day. We’ll spend our whole lives working on becoming more like Jesus. And guess what? That’s perfectly okay. It’s a journey, not a sprint.

Now, let’s talk about the way Jesus lived. He showed us the ultimate example by suffering on the cross. When we deny ourselves, we’re choosing to humbly follow Him. And as we grow to be more like Jesus, we’ll also need to take up our cross. Yeah, that means we’ll face tough times, maybe even suffer for doing good or for saying no to things that look tempting but ultimately pull us away from God. But here’s the beautiful part: when we bear our suffering, we represent Christ to those around us. How amazing is that?

Here’s a cool paradox: when we give up our life for Jesus’ sake, we gain eternal life. On the flip side, if we cling to our life and keep it from Jesus, we miss out on the abundant life He promises. It’s like trading a cheap trinket for a priceless treasure.

So, why not take a moment today to reflect on your discipleship journey? Take inventory of how you’re denying yourself and living for Christ. Or maybe recognize if you’re living a bit selfishly for your own pleasure and gain. No judgment here—just an honest look. Then, make a commitment to follow Jesus, no matter how hard the path gets. And don’t forget to pray for strength and endurance as you walk this journey. You got this!

Remember, discipleship is about progress, not perfection. Keep moving forward, and keep your eyes on Jesus. He’s got your back.


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