Take up your cross

If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me on the narrow road, then you are not worthy of Me. Matthew 10:38

Take up you cross what does that mean to me? People don’t kill people on crosses today like they did during the time of the apostles. What does Jesus mean when he says this to me? Make this discussion personal to you today, because it is crucial to your spiritual growth and development in the Lord.
He did not mean that you should be willing to suffer in a relationship that is abusive.
He did not mean that you should work for someone who is verbally or psychologically abusive to you. That is not a cross that you should carry. How do we know that? We know that being tortured in a work situation, or a marriage relationship is not a cross that you should bear. The Word of God says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2).

This statement, “take up your cross and follow me” means being willing to die to yourself (Matthew 10:38). A Christian must give up who they are. They must give up self. They must ensure that their desires lineup with the will of God at all times. This statement is God’s way of telling His children to surrender to him completely. Absolute submission to the will of God is not an easy thing without the drive and power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus stated, ““For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9:24-25).

As a Christian, it is rewarding to follow Christ when everything in one’s life is going well. However, when suffering and pain occurs how do we react? Jesus assured his followers that trials and tribulations would come (John 16:33). Being a disciple of Jesus demands sacrifice and sometimes that sacrificial living results in suffering and pain. Therefore, are you willing to take up that cross and endure the suffering and pain today? If you are, the result will be to reap the rewards of mountain moving faith.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherri Rogers
    Oct 14, 2014 @ 18:25:16

    I absolutely and totally want to surrender totally to God and to HIS WILL for me! And….I have learned that the only way things work out properly is to follow and submit to what God wants for me! HIS plan is much, much better than mine!

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  2. Joyce
    Oct 15, 2014 @ 21:55:22

    AMEN

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