‘And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.’ Luke 9:23
The humanist tells us to find solace, power, and the meaning of life in ourselves. He says we shape our own destinies and no ‘god’ can tell us otherwise. Morality is defined by mankind and not God.
Do you see the danger in this?
I have been looking at this manner of thinking for a while and I wonder, ‘where is the fear of the Lord?’ That statement ought to make you afraid of God. The One who holds our breath in His hands can end this world any day but like the devil, mankind dares to stand in the face of God and exalt his throne (himself).
The world says, ‘build yourself,’ but God says ‘deny self’. If any man in this world wants to be Jesus’ disciple, He has to give up everything concerning his life. We have to be willing to lay it all down. Every dream you had from you were six years old has to be counted as nothing. Your very life has to be counted as nothing. When we teach about ‘purpose,’ it must stem from God’s plan for man and not our vain imaginations. If we do not get to the place where we acknowledge God above ourselves, we will not be His disciples. We can label ourselves as disciples of Christ but He would declare, ‘I never knew you’.
God may be telling you, ‘do not apply for that job, do not get into that relationship, turn off the television, pray, study the Word,’ and you will find every excuse and reason to disobey. The disobedience comes because instead of doing what God says, you choose to consider what you want (self).
God called Abraham from his homeland. Abraham left and did not go back. Likewise, God has called us out of our families, from our nations to serve Him. He has called us out of sin, not to live unto ourselves but to live unto Him for His good pleasure. We have to choose whether we want ourselves or we want God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11
‘For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.’ Philippians 2:13