It’s okay to say “no” to ourselves.

Luke 9:23 says, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” What does this mean? Well, here’s what it doesn’t mean: “I need to have today all the things that I ever wanted, all those things that my parents wouldn’t let me have. And all those fun activities that the world enjoys, I need to do today, or as soon as possible, even if I know doing so displeases the Lord.” There are lots of things we can do that don’t displease the Lord, and we need His help in choosing wisely what we do with our time. Romans 13:11 says, “And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.” Ephesians 5:8-17 says, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”