JULY 17

HE MUST DENY HIMSELF

Matthew 16:24a “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself.”
Anyone who lives for himself and his own pleasures and comforts will lose everything one day. BUT those who live to serve the Lord and to serve others will gain a reward in eternity.
I wanted a packed-earth floor instead of loose dirt in the outside classroom. So I hired Mr. Peace, a mason for the job. His role was to supervise the women because it was women’s work. Throughout the morning Mr. Peace carried buckets of dirt and water alongside the women.
No African law required Mr. Peace to work with the women because he had been designated as a supervisor.
He had a reputation for being a strong Christian and faithful follower. Mr. Peace denied himself the luxury of sitting and telling the women what to do.
Someone who denies himself puts to death his desires and affections. He does not look for fame for himself, but he wants Christ to have the glory. He does not think of himself as better than others. He denies himself and serves the Lord and others.

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About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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