Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Mark 8:34

lightstock_65544_medium_user_1393445My question of the day is “What fleeting pleasure of the day am I willing to deny myself for my Eternal King?” The call to deny myself has always seemed just a bit harsh to me. I guess that might be natural self centeredness, or a misguided belief of what my needs were. This morning the perspective came to mind that it is a clear call to choose the eternal over the fleeting. It also became clear that the question was no longer “will I need to deny myself today?” but the question now is “how will I need to deny myself today?”

This call to deny the fleeting for the eternal is not new. It was the question Moses faces when he choose to deny his fleeting royal position for the call of the eternal Kingdom. It was the question the disciples faced when they dropped their nets and their fleeting security to follow Jesus.

In the light of the eternal kingdom, to which I have been given all the rights of royalty, verses the fleeting it seems that it is a no brainer.

Lord, grant me eternal eyes that I may better see the fleeting in the face of eternity. Grant me wisdom to choose that which will last over that which will so very soon be gone.

So what fleeting pleasure are you willing to deny yourself today for the sake of the Eternal Kingdom?

<>< Craig