The Conditions Of Discipleship

The Conditions Of Discipleship

Reflections Today:

What does it mean to deny oneself? One renounces one’s sins and does penance. One says no to the cravings and ambitions of the self and says yes to God’s will. This is metanoia, a radical turning from self-centeredness to God-centeredness possible only by God’s grace and our assent to it.

Your first prayer of the day should be to ask God to give you the strength to deny self for the duration of the day. Everything in the Christian life begins with that.

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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015) The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017), and Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow (2017).