A Weekend Of Self-Denial
We've been told to honor our emotions, trust our own hearts and go with that gut feeling. If you want it, go for it. If you see something you want, just work hard and you'll earn it.
But what we've been told is in direct opposition to what Jesus told His first followers.
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23
Denying self means laying aside those feelings, thoughts and motivations that we've stored up. Denying self means putting God first and others second while doing what's in the best interest of someone other than ourselves. It means sacrificing time, energy and money and allowing the Lord to use us as He sees fit - not doing whatever feels or looks good at the time.
Make this a weekend of self-denial. For two whole days, put others first - no complaining, murmuring, selfishness, bitterness or childlike behavior. With a clear heart and an open mind, serve your family, encourage your church family, support your neighbors and praise God for everything He's done in your life. When you take yourself out of the equation, the Lord shines through.