Daily Encouragement: Year 1, Day 9

Adapted from Handbook to Leadership

Personal Development: Commitment

Matthew 16:24–26

Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, but they still call us to action today. Through these living words, Jesus makes it clear that He requires total commitment of His followers. He said that unless one commits everything, one loses everything. For the Christian, that commitment must remain strong until the end of his or her earthly walk.

Jesus urged His followers, “Take up your cross and follow Me.” He knew better than anyone else how elusive the great prize is. But He also knew that anything less than a total commitment to achieving the prize would not suffice. In the Christian life, total commitment to the cause facilitates success.

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