Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
(Luke 9:23 (NIV))
Do you think of yourself as a disciple of Jesus?
Everyone who professes a faith in Jesus likes to think that they are a disciple, but are we, are you, ready to truly take up our cross?
Each one of us will face a different path as we walk out our lives in faith. It is possible that no two individuals will carry the exact same burden when they carry their cross, but we do know that all of us carry something through life. We either choose to carry our cross or we carry the weight of the sin that we refuse to let go of. It is a choice that each of us must make.
Do you want to be a disciple of Jesus?
If the answer is yes, then that requires repenting of your sins and picking up the weight of your cross as you follow Jesus. Following Jesus is not an easy thing to do. You have changed, but the world around you has not. You have changed, but your friends will still try to get you to fall back into the very same sins that you want to leave behind. Following Jesus may mean that you lose friends. It may mean that you become alienated from family. It may mean a job loss, but it will mean so much more!
Believing in and following Jesus is the only way to the Father and all of the blessings that are promised.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
Each of us have a decision to make. What are we willing to lose when we take up our cross and follow Jesus?
Will you take up your cross if it means your life?
Copyright 1998 – 2020 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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