Daily Archives: March 22, 2019

Take Up Your Cross

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 The rich young ruler thought he had it all and in the world’s eyes, he did. Jesus called him to deny himself by selling all he had to the poor. He then looked at the disciples and told them to” take up your cross.” If the disciples were feeling confident because they had left everything to follow Christ, it disappeared right after Jesus said this.

Mark 8:34

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

The Cost of Discipleship

The call to follow Jesus is simple but challenging. He called everyone who was a follower and told them if you want to continue to follow me “deny yourself.” Simple enough to understand, yet difficult to follow through. Denying yourself means to lay aside your agenda and wishes and to seek Jesus first. Denial also includes the difficult step of saying no to ourselves. In a generation that celebrates saying “Yes!” Jesus calls us to be countercultural and say no.

Dead Man Walking

Add on top of that the call to take up your cross. This was a very repulsive symbol to this culture. Death by cross was the cruelest form of torture known in the Roman empire. Carrying a cross meant you were a dead man walking, that you were condemned because you were a thief or political rebel. It was humiliating. To call a Jew to pick up the cross was repugnant but it was the most definite form of self-denial out there.

Deny Ourselves

Jesus calls us to deny ourselves and take up your cross. How can you deny yourself today? How can you represent Christ by picking up your cross and following Him? Who needs to see your Godly example? The first step in doing this is by far the most difficult, but the reward will blow your mind.

“Take Up Your Cross…”

From: Truthforlife.org

. . . Take up his cross daily and follow me.

 Luke 9:23

You do not make your own cross, although unbelief is a master carpenter at cross-making; neither are you permitted to choose your own cross, although self-will wants to be lord and master. But your cross is prepared and appointed for you by divine love, and you must cheerfully accept it; you are to take up the cross as your chosen badge and burden, and not to stand complaining.

This night Jesus bids you submit your shoulder to His easy yoke. Do not kick at it in petulance, or trample on it in pride, or fall under it in despair, or run away from it in fear, but take it up like a true follower of Jesus.

Jesus was a cross-bearer; He leads the way in the path of sorrow. Surely you could not desire a better guide! And if He carried a cross, what nobler burden would you desire? The Via Crucis is the way of safety; fear not to tread its thorny paths. Beloved, the cross is not made of feathers or lined with velvet; it is heavy and galling to disobedient shoulders; but it is not an iron cross, though your fears have painted it with iron colors; it is a wooden cross, and a man can carry it, for the Man of Sorrows tried the load.

Take up your cross, and by the power of the Spirit of God you will soon be so in love with it that like Moses you would not exchange the reproach of Christ for all the treasures of Egypt. Remember that Jesus carried it; remember that it will soon be followed by the crown, and the thought of the coming weight of glory will greatly lighten the present heaviness of trouble.

May the Lord help you bow your spirit in submission to the divine will before you fall asleep tonight, so that waking with tomorrow’s sun, you may go forth to the day’s cross with the holy and submissive spirit that is fitting for a follower of the Crucified.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO CARRY YOUR CROSS?

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By Lisa Bevere, messengerinternational.org