Sunday Morning Worship | Carl McCray, Pastor
Everyone has a choice to make today…
- You can choose to live for yourself, or
- You can choose to die to self and live for Jesus.
Everyone is in one of these two camps.
The word “die” is not negative here! Jesus speaks about this in John 12:2-25 (NIV), “Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Just like a grain of wheat must die in order to bear many fruit, we must die to ourselves and live for Jesus in order to spread the Gospel and bear fruit for His kingdom.
Apostle Paul is an example of someone who “died to self.” Paul told the elders of Ephesus in Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” – John 12:25 (NIV)
Let’s take a personal inventory.
- What does it take to shut you up about Jesus?
- What slows down your passionate pursuit of Jesus?
Those are dying points.
Jesus wants us to die to ourselves. Jesus tells us in Luke 9:23 (NIV), “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
It’s time for change! Will you choose to live for Jesus? If not now, when?
I hope you watch the video or listen to the MP3 audio of the sermon and be blessed.