Denying Oneself – What Have You Given Up for Christ?

0554f194e0adb59b140540382b7915a2What have you given up for Christ? Everyday we represent Christ and His church. Every action and every word out of our mouth either helps or hurts our Christian testimony. There are things we do that may not be wrong, but for Christ’s sake we need to give them up. When was the last time that you apologized and asked for forgiveness for something that might have not been you fault, just for the sake of Christ? We need to put our pride aside and think only of Christ.

Luke 9:23-24
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. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it

There is a whole world out there that is looking at us Christians to see how we will react to the things around us.  Unfortunately, there are some in the name of Christ that have turned many people away from Christ because of their actions.  Many times it is not something they mean to do.  There are some things that we need to stand up against no matter what. such as murder, crime, denial of Christ in any way, shape or form.  Then there are things that are not so important and for the sake of Christ we must put aside.

Denying Oneself – What Have You Given Up for Christ?

Below are 5 things to think about when you are deciding if you should just give it up:

  1. What does the Bible say about it?
  2. Would you do it if Christ was there with you?
  3. Does it build people up or pull them apart?
  4. What does it tell others about Christ?
  5. Who benefits from it? and why?

We are to take the gospel it all of the world, but if we are keeping others from seeing Christ because of something we are doing we need to give it up.