Genesis 50:1-Ex 2:10 / Matthew 16:13-17:13 / Psalm 21:1-13 / Proverbs 5:1-6  

Standout verse:

Matthew 16:24-25

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Taking up our cross and following after the Lord means laying our talents, desires, and dreams before the Lord and saying, “I’m Yours Lord, show me what You want for me.”  When we press into Him and seek His will for our lives, He will shape us into the people He created us to be utilizing the gifts He gave us to the fullest. We will become the people God created us to be if we yield to Him instead of grabbing our “rights”, talents and gifts and relying on ourselves to use them as we see fit.  God's vision and plans for us go WAY BEYOND what our finite minds can grasp...SO cool!