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deny yourselves!

…deny yourselves…!

Leviticus 23  IN FOCUS


The journey to our Fathers abode demands self denial! A self denial! Oh yes, a true self deny! It is good to do good. It is good to pray continually. It is good obey God. It is good to sacrifice your all unto God, but above them all, it  is worth denying your whole self for the sake of the Kingdom of God! Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? — Luke 9

They that are of the world seek for things of the world, but they that are on the Lord’s side, do the will of God! “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

We may have wishes, but we must mind God’s will! We may have needs, but we must mind God’s needs. It is important we seek for what would make us happy. It is important we work hard for material things that may ‘complete’ our lives, but it is more solemn to know our Fathers will. Jesus said, For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. —Matthew 6

Life is less a burden without the quest for material possessions! Life is less sorrowful without a strong pursuit for the world and the things in it! When Jesus was sending his disciples, he said to them, “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt.” He is a God who can provide. When you give your all to Him, you get your all from Him. It may not be all that easy to give your all to Him, but He is capable of providing in our most needful times.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18“Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “ ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19honor your father and mother,’c and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’d

20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wifee or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19

It was said, to them  to observe the day of atonement! It was said to them to deny themselves. It was said to them to offer their fruits! {Leviticus 23}. They were on their way to Canaan, but we are on our way to heaven: a precious abode. Their lives and the journey they took is an example for us to learn lessons from what went wrong, and be what went right so we may not miss our heavenly abode! Deny yourself!

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.


HYMN

Author: Isaac Watts (1707)

When I survey the wondrous cross
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pour contempt on all my pride.

2 Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
save in the death of Christ, my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them through his blood.

See, from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

4 Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life, my all.

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