Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

Hardly an appealing prospect, until we realise that denying ourselves actually frees us from the burden of selfish pre-occupation. It brings blessings to others. The cross of Christ represents ultimate freedom and victory over the oppressive regime of this sin-stained world. We can do that as a daily choice, in the strength and encouragement that the Lord himself provides, as the One who has already gone before us.

Daily Reading: Acts 8:25-40