Self Denial Blog by Achu Abraham
I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”
From the time we are born, we were born into sin. We live in our own ways and live to fulfill our selfish desires that comes into our mind. But once you are in Christ, the Bible calls us to deny themselves when we come to God in prayer and ministry. When Jesus called Matthew to follow him, he immediately left everything and followed Jesus. When Jesus called Peter and Andrew, who were full-time fishermen, they immediately left their nets and followed Jesus. How can one do that? Many times, we hold on to many things and our minds are occupied with worldly things when we come to the presence of God. Sometimes when I spend my quiet time with the Lord, I tend to think about what I am going to do next my quiet time or just worry about the future or what I am going to eat for lunch or respond to the text in my phone. Many times, our heart is far away from God when we come to prayer or at church. WE are physically present, but our hearts are not fixed on Christ. This is a problem many of us face these days. God cannot use us until you completely surrender to him in all areas of our life. Jesus calls us to surrender our jobs, studies, worries, future, family, and daily activities to him first. Paul in Romans 6 calls us to present our bodies as a slave of righteousness. In other books, it says present your bodies as a living sacrifice. It calls for action and an action requires effort. The strength to put that effort comes from believing and asking our Lord Jesus Christ. Often, we want to surrender and follow what the Bible says but we lack strength and fail. But we need to believe in Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with his power so we can not only surrender and deny ourselves but also overcome sin and live victoriously in the way God is calling us to live. So, let us seek him continuously. If you have fallen in your walk with God, stand up and come to Jesus. Confess your sin and ask him to forgive you and he will restore and create in you a clean heart. The Holy Spirit will help you to surrender and come to self-denial when we make him our number one priority.