‘Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”’ Mark 8.34
This call to discipleship is deeply challenging; it is a call to live totally for Jesus and not for ourselves. Our actions play a large part in following him, but so too does our thinking. As followers of Jesus, we are to deny thinking about ourselves in ways that differ from how Jesus thinks of us.
Every time you let your mind consider the possibility that you are unloved, or that somehow the promises of God do not apply to you, you are filling your mind with thoughts that are not of God. The call is to follow him and his thinking. What does the Bible record as God’s thoughts about you? Psalm 139.17 says, ‘How amazing are your thoughts concerning me, God! How vast is the sum of them!’
God’s thoughts about you are numerous and precious, and to follow him is to accept that you are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ and loved beyond measure.