Luke 9:22-25

Self-denial is probably one of the most unpopular and misunderstood concepts of the Christian faith. The very word seems to run contrary to the spirit of the times. Ours is the age of self-expression.

People everywhere are demanding the right to think their own thoughts, make their own decisions and live their lives according to the desires of their own hearts.

Study the life of Jesus and listen to His message; and we will find that He, more than anyone else, was the opponent of repression and the advocate of freedom. His quarrel is not with self-expression, per se, but rather with a kind of self-expression that diminishes life and ultimately destroys all that is big and beautiful in the human heart.