The Crux of Sin: SELF

Luke 9:23-24, dying to self, becoming cross-carriers
artwork: Billy Frank Alexander
When Jesus tells us to take up our cross in Luke 9:23-24, he immediately adds "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."

Our fallen human nature loves concepts like:
  • self-esteem
  • self-help
  • self-interest
  • self-contentment
  • self-indulgence
  • self-assurance
Advertisers feed our selfishness:
  • “Because you’re worth it” (L'Oréal)
  • “Have it your way.” (Burger King)
The Bible says the opposite:
  • self-denial
  • self-sacrifice
  • selflessness
  • Because He's worth it
  • Have it His Way
We rarely realize how strongly we're influenced by the world and our own fallen nature. I confess I often prefer self-esteem over God esteem and self-interest over self-denial.

But today I'm asking God to help me be a true disciple--a cross-carrier. Will you join me? Do you know the impact we could have on our world if we took up our crosses and followed?


  1. This is so very true. Self asserts its will in such subtle ways at times. In ways that sound so right. I have to constantly remind myself to humble myself so that HE can raise me up.

  2. Great post Gail! Denying self is a so necessary to our walk as Christ-examples to the world, only as I remember it is a moment by moment decision to allow 'Christ in me' to be in control am I able to 'deny my self' and not be selfish and self centered... blessings!

  3. A perfect message for Easter week! You know how to pack so much truth into your posts.


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