“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
“For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:25
These verses is such a visual for me as I read them. Taking up our cross entails denying ourselves and our wants/desires in order to do what God wants us to do. This isn’t just a one-time event either. The Bible says “daily”. This needs to be a conscience effort every single day to put God first instead of myself. Then look at Luke 9:25. This tells me why I shouldn’t be following after the world and my own desires…I lose everything! I can be the greatest person here on earth while I’m here, but what good does that do me? This life is such a short part of eternity. I need to follow after Him daily in order to live my life eternally with Him.
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I created this visual to show these very important verses. It would be great to print out and show to your class as you are discussing them. You could even send it home for the children to work on memorizing.