Thoughts For the Day…

Mark 8:34 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.
the issue is…. the verbs:  its the wanting to be, its the denying what I should not be, its the taking up the cross and its the following, and following and following.     Jesus is direct in sharing his expectations and desires.  He is clear…. we on the other hand, live in a vagueness of intent.   The declaration is not about believing if He is the Son of God… it is “am I willing to be like Him, taught to be as Him… His Disciple.  
So the question then comes down to, “do we want to be His disciple?”.  We are all learners of someone, something.  It is by our conduct and values that this is declared.  Jesus declared that he came to serve, not be served.  This is a summation of being like Him.    When people see you, do they see a servant, a servant serving as Jesus did…?  He called many people to hear his invitation.  Is He speaking to you?