Today's reading is Luke 9. If you are reading along with me, what is God showing you?
Luke 9.23 "The He (Jesus) said to them all: 'If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.'"
To be a follower of Jesus Christ, you need to deny yourself in wanting your own way, take up your cross by identifying with Christ's message, and follow Jesus, his life and commands.
I am not to only talk about Jesus, I'm to imitate His life through my words and actions. I also need to deny my desires (use of time, money, etc) and align my decisions with God's Word and His direction for me. I know I don't 'take up my cross' on a daily basis. God has been working with me over my "control" issues. I am to FOLLOW... not lead. God is God, and I am not.
Father... thank you for this reminder that You are ultimately in control over my life. Help me to seek Your direction in everything I do. Amen