Jesus has called us to deny ourselves by taking up our crosses and following Him (Matt. 16:24). At the end of the sermon Sunday, I posed the following question: Could it be, that if more church members were committed to dying to self, less of our churches would be dying? Not only would there be fewer churches dying, but pseudo-churches would evaporate in the radiant light of Spirit-wrought and empowered churches, serving one another through love (Gal. 5:13).
Here are a few examples of what this self-denial would look like:
- If we deny ourselves, we will be able to let go of our self-sufficiency and see that we need one another.
- If we deny ourselves, we will be able to better give our time and talents for the mutual building-up of one another.
- If we deny ourselves, we will see that we are both needy and needed, leading us to be committed to gathering with the church regularly.
- If we deny ourselves, we will be less concerned for our own glory and more concerned for the Lord’s Glory, thus fueling our evangelism.
- If we deny ourselves, we will be less selfish and instead happy to give our energy toward helping a new believer follow Jesus.
- If we deny ourselves, we will be able to see that we aren’t awesome, but Jesus is and everyone needs to look like Him and not us.
- If we deny ourselves, we will not sit back expecting everyone to serve us, but will be ready and willing to serve others as Christ has served us.
Remember, we serve and love by denying ourselves because Christ first served and loved us by denying Himself on the cross.