Taking Up Your Cross - Have You Today?

Updated on November 19, 2017
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Logan is a current college student that is going to school to get his bachelors in marketing and his masters in divinity.

Luke 9:21-27

This article will be covering Luke 9:21-27

What Does it Mean to Take up Your Cross

Taking up your cross is an act of being a disciple of Jesus. It means that you will do everything you can to live your life like Jesus and in his image. It is impossible to follow what Jesus did because we are not perfect. To take up our cross, we have to be aware of our sins and look to minimize them in our lives. We need to be mindful of seeking to serve and love others instead of looking down on people and scoffing at sinful people. Jesus would stay with tax collectors over Pharisees and when questioned replied in Matthew 9:12-13. "When Jesus heard this, he said, 'Healthy people don't need a doctor- sick people do.' Then he added, 'Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices. For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

We should be looking to be a helpful hand and spread the word to those who don't know or don't believe. It is through being servants that we truly praise God. He has graced us with eternal life, and we need to respond with praise and discipleship. That is why he wants us to take up our cross because with out doing so we won't grow in our faith and we won't bring others to the faith. Bearing our cross will bring us closer to Jesus and God by bringing us to places where our faith is tested, but if we trust in God, we will see His grace and His power. Taking up your cross may be different from what it looks like for me, but it should be. We are all called to do different things for the kingdom of God. When we are working together and using our gifts together that the word will spread like fire. We will see the most growth in God's kingdom when we work together and know how to use our gifts. This doesn't mean that everyone will be out cleaning up yards or should go and become a pastor. The church wouldn't grow if everyone had the same gifts. People are intended to do different things within the church and outside its walls. A pastor may be lead to preach, but a carpenter made be called to make homes for Habitat for Humanity or a seamstress may be called to fit donated to suits to people that need them to get a job. These are all different ways of people taking up their cross and putting God first.

Take Up Your Cross

Where to go?

There is no way in knowing right away where you need to go. If you have an open heart and are free to hear God's calling, then you will understand where you are and where you need to go. It can range from making a difference in the community that you are currently in or it could mean dropping everything to do mission work halfway around the world. You are going to be called into dark places through this, and it might seem like you aren't capable of conquering what God has called you to do. When you get to these times, understand that you need to get out of the way and let God work through you. Being a disciple means getting out of the driver's seat of your life and giving God the control to take you to where you need to be. By doing this, we will strengthen our faith significantly, and we will also be a light in the darkness for people that are lost. Being a disciple is how we learn to trust in God at all times and keep going on the narrow path. Amen

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