34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[b] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
If we are to call Jesus Lord and Savior that means we are willing to lay down our lives and our will for God’s kingdom and His will. The will of God becomes the driving force of our lives. It is a life of surrender to the Lord. We become a temple of the Holy Spirit and a vessel for His glory. We become a vessel through which God can touch the world for His kingdom.
The world around us is broken and hurting. There are many who are lost and in bondage to Satan and his lies and deceptions. God desires that we would draw near and develop deep intimacy with Him. When deep intimacy is developed our hearts and minds become one with the Lord and the words that are spoken from our mouths align with His.
Our focus must always be Jesus and we must abide in Him on a daily basis. Through prayer and the study of God’s word on a daily basis our lives will be transformed and we will be prepared to face every challenge that will come our way. The reason we live in the freedom and authority that Jesus has purchased for us is through abiding in the Lord alone.