Take Your Cross

Matthew 10:38. “And  he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of me.”

A true disciple follows his master in every way possible.  To follow Christ requires a daily, even hourly decision to obey Him, to trust Him, to walk in His steps. Does that mean that we must literally pick up a cross every day?

Well, no, I don’t believe so. Jesus’ cross was many things.  It was the tool of His crucifixion and death, which was the means of redemption for all mankind.  It was the burden of the sin of all mankind, which means He paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we could not pay.  It was what kept the Father’s face turned from Him as He spent his last moments paying that debt, separating Him from the Father for a short time so that we might be united with the Father for all time.  Every step Jesus took on earth led Him closer to His cross; every step He took toward His cross was a step away from eternal separation from God for us.

What is our daily cross?  Here are some references for you: Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; Rom. 6:11-13; 8:12-13;Col. 1:23; 2:6-7; 3:5-10.

Briefly, our cross is self-denial, death to sin and self, yieldedness to God, allowing our bodies to be instruments of righteousness unto God, to live after the Spirit, and not after the flesh; to continue in the faith, to be grounded and settled; to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, stablished in Him, abounding with thanksgiving; to mortify the flesh, avoiding fornication and all other uncleanness.

Wow, that’s pretty heavy, isn’t it?  I mean,  that’s a lot to ask of anyone, right?

Well, not when you consider that Jesus left the unbelievable glories of heaven, and His place at the right hand of God. He chose to be born in a stable, among animals and poor folks. He walked with sinners, tax collectors, and all manner of sick people. He allowed Himself to be abused, humiliated, falsely accused, shamed and tortured–and THEN He allowed Himself to be crucified.  He did battle for us with Satan, and arose in victory.

THAT’S asking a lot of Someone, isn’t it?  If He was willing to walk that path, to carry that cross for me, then the very least I can do is to devote myself to living for Him and walking the path that He has set for me.

2 thoughts on “Take Your Cross

  1. You know, years ago, before I knew God – I’m a late comer to the Kingdom I would read verses like those above and wonder at the pomposity of God and how can He tell me what to do, and I’ve already had enough trials, thank you very much. Once I began to know God, I began to see His love for us. His plan for us isn’t arbitrary. Granted it can stretch us beyond what we think we can do or accomplish. But one thing I’ve learned is that His yoke is easy – and He walks alongside us as we walk. We are not alone in this. Not only that but He delights in giving us the desires of our heart (and He even places those desires in our heart). Not always do we see the full picture, so if He is asking us to do something we aren’t certain about, the safest thing is to trust Him – for His plans are for us, not against us. That takes trust, but God is trustworthy. Good post. Great Scripture choices.

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