“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” Matthew 16:24, KJV.
Lately, I can say that I have not felt like getting up in the morning to study and pray. There have been other things on my mind like things ahead of me in my life, new business clients, and financial pursuits. I have also been tired and just feel like enjoying food, sports, Facebook, and TV.
Yet, with the decision before me to seek Him or not each day, what God has begun to spring up within my heart is that I have to take up my cross.
Taking up your cross is a decision as a believer you must daily make. Your day and your new year depends on it. Your family depends on it. Experiencing the will of God for your life depends on it. Taking up your cross is when you go before Him, and truly give up your will and your plans, for His will and His plans. It is the place where you give up your weakness and receive His power. The cross is the place where you give up your thoughts and ways about your situation, and let Him be Lord over it, and allow Him to guide your steps.
You can be a believer and decide not to take up your cross. Yet, you will wonder why you don’t experience the benefits and reward from your relationship with God–it is because you truly aren’t allowing Him to be God in your life.
Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Don’t be afraid of it, but embrace it. Follow Jesus into great change and great blessing in your life discovered through your cross.
Prayer: Father, this is hard, but I’m taking up my cross today. Here is my will and here are my plans, and I receive Yours. I will follow You Jesus. Here is my life and I put my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: John 10:10