“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life?”
Christ gave up His life for us and He was guiltless of any sin. His example was one of self-less sacrifice. Let us ask God to show us how we can “take up our cross” and how we can “deny ourselves” for the sake of the gospel. Let us ask God to strengthen us as we seek to be conformed to His perfect Son in sacrificial service and love. Let us give thanks for Christ’s ultimate gift of His life that provides our salvation and for our eternal home in heaven.