Followers of Jesus deny themselves, take up their cross and follow Him
You may be asking, so where do I begin in being?
Jesus states in Luke 9:23 NASB “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”
The first step in the Give Up Phase is to Surrender.
We must answer the question, have I truly surrendered my life to Christ. What is your general definition of the word surrender? Is there any difference in the way you define surrender in general as opposed to how you relate that word to Jesus?
Jesus gives us three clear characteristics of a disciple as well as a definition of a surrendered life. First, one must deny himself. Secondly, one must take up his cross daily, and thirdly, one must follow Jesus.
Define the three imperatives in this text in your own words. Deny, Take, Follow.
Why is Jesus asking us to take up our cross daily? How would you describe this in your life?
If we do not deny ourselves and take up our cross daily, are we following Christ? Who are you following?
Let’s look at an illustration from Christ
• Read Matthew 13:44-46
What does this parable say to you about your own life and the value you place on your relationship with Jesus?
Did Paul understand the concept of living a totally surrendered life? (Galatians 2:20)
What is a personal story you can share to illustrate surrender?
Who can you share your story with today?
Surrendering to the Lord is something you do initially and then continue to do for the rest of your life. Making progress in the area of surrender actually gives you the capacity to move on and make progress in the next distinctive.
Let’s reveal what you have discovered
Hearing – What is God saying to you today?
Knowing – Have you totally surrendered your life to Christ?
Following – Is surrender a reality in the life of your spouse, child, others…?