Friday: Psalm 129-131 & Mark 8:34-38

From Megan Buresh

"If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow me." (Mark 8:34)

I'm finding this verse particularly convicting these days.  After a couple of years of working crazy hours and my time not being my own, I've suddenly been blessed with a lot more free time and flexibility.  And my first instinct is not to take up my cross but to seek my own pleasure and comfort, which usually involves a lot of sleep, "me time" and good food.  I like control and having my own way, planning out and ordering my own days, weeks, months.  Taking up my cross means releasing that control and being open and flexible to what God would have me do, holding my own plans loosely.  To die to myself and be willing sacrifice smaller pleasures for a deeper communion, for true life.  To go to the uncomfortable places with God, trusting like the Psalmist that my enemies will never defeat me (Ps 129:2).


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