“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”   (Mark 8:34)

This Scripture came to my mind today as I read a letter to the editor in a small town newspaper.  The woman writing the letter was quoting the opening lines of the Constitution, ”We the people…”  and using them to justify her opinion about homosexuals having rights.  She opines,  “Our Constitution grants the same rights to all of us and prohibits the majority from denying any of those rights to the others.”  Further on in her letter she throws in the word ‘Christian’ implying that some homosexuals claim to be so. 

Please note:  I am NOT making a judgement call on whether or not someone is a Christian. 

However……Christians are called to self-denial, as Jesus commands.  We are to ‘hang’ our personal lusts and desires ‘on the cross’.  We are to be ‘crucified with Christ’.  (Gal 2:20)  Especially those particular passions that are contrary to the clear teaching of Scripture.  (See Romans 1)

I think Oswald Chambers said it best.  Quoting Jesus he summarizes, “‘If any man will be My disciple, let him deny himself,’ ……let him give up his right to himself to Me.   (My Utmost For His Highest, Nov. 2)  

All Christians are called to give up our rights to ourselves and serve the Living God. 

~Lord Jesus, grant us the strength to deny ourselves and pick up our cross daily.  Amen~