Are You Denying Yourself?

Whosoever. It’s a word we see on t-shirts and bumper stickers referring to John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We also see and hear the word “whosoever” in songs. For example, check out these lyrics from the age-old hymnal Whosoever Meaneth Me:

“Whosoever” surely meaneth me,
Surely meaneth me, oh, surely meaneth me;
“Whosoever” surely meaneth me,
“Whosoever” meaneth me.

Did you know that these are not the only places where you’ll find the word “whosoever?” Jesus uses the term in other parts of the Bible:

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it (Mark 8:34-35 KJV).”

Obviously, I can’t ask for a show of hands here, so stop and think about this for a moment. Is there something that you need to deny yourself?

Don’t get me wrong. We all need to deny ourselves. “Whosoever” meaneth me and you.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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