“Jesus said, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’” (Luke 9:23).
For the three years of Jesus’ earthly ministry, He created a great deal of interest. This was especially so during the first 18 months; prior to His emphasis on the suffering servant role that He must embrace, and would be the theme of His preaching and teaching leading up to the cross. Because so many found His words to be hard, there was a great falling away during the latter half of His ministry. The words documented by Luke sum up clearly and succinctly the cost of discipleship—“Deny himself”…it’s not about you. “Take up the cross daily”…anytime you see “cross” think hard, difficult, painful, uncomfortable, death; not entertaining and compatible with how I want to live. “Follow me”…Study me, get to know me, duplicate me in your actions and attitude.
No matter how long you have been a follower of Christ, I think it healthy to revisit this statement by our Lord and be reminded of the significance of who we are, what we do and how we do it.
Blessings on your cross today.