Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Luke 9:23-26 (NIV)
Father God, may we be faithful to do that which You have called us to do for You and the building of Your kingdom. May Jesus be our example and the Holy Spirit be our guide. Help us, Lord God, not to cling so tightly to the things of this world or to our place in it. May we have eyes, feet, hands, and a mind that focuses upon being where You are at work and growing Your kingdom. May we always be willing to give a reason for believing in the saving work of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Passage: Luke 9:18-27