What is your want or desire?

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What is your want or desire?

Is your want and desire for personal gain and self-preservation or to bring honor and glory to God? Which is more important – your self-image or your identity in Christ Jesus? Are you willing to die to self so that Christ can reign in you?
Are you willing to give up everything by denying yourself to follow Christ? Are you willing to take up your cross and follow Christ? Are you willing to die to self to inherit the blessings of the Kingdom of God?
Do you desire and want this temporal world more than you desire and want to receive God’s redeeming love and eternal life? Do you desire and want to be a disciple of Christ or have your own rights, ways and desires?
In Matthew 16 Jesus tells HIS disciples exactly what it takes to be a follower of Christ. 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
25 For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting].
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?
The greatest profit, the greatest gain is the blessed life in Christ Jesus. Taking up your cross of self to gain the Kingdom of God is the blessed life. Christ took all the sins of mankind on the cross in exchange for HIS righteousness. Your taking up your cross by death to self is gaining entrance into the Kingdom of God. Your taking up your cross by death to self is exchanging your will, want and desire for the Kingdom of God. Your gaining the blessed life in the Kingdom of God is more important than the riches and pleasures of this life.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ  lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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