Self-Denial

Self-denial does not mean the loss of our identity as some suppose. Without our identity we could not even be subject to each other. Did Jesus lose his identity when he set his face toward Golgotha? Did Peter lose his identity when he responded to Jesus’ cross-bearing command, “Follow me” (John 21:19)? Did Paul lose his identity when he committed himself to the One who said, “I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name” (Acts 9:16)? Of course not. We know that the opposite was true. They found their identity in the act of self-denial.- Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, Submission

In the shadow of the cross

In the shadow of the cross