Taking up your cross

June 29th, 2013

I have been thinking about what it means to take up your cross as Jesus talks about in Matthew 16:24.

It  says, “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.”

For the early followers of Jesus to take up their cross was a big comitment. It was total commitment. It was not entered into lightly.

When Jesus asked his followers to take up their crosses and follow Him, the disciples knew exactly what He was talking about.

In Roman times Crucifixion was a common form of execution. If you were condemned to die on the cross, you would have to carry it through the streets to the execution site.

Everyone in town would know. Everyone would see. There was no way to hide it.

For the Disciples, following Jesus meant a true commitment, the risk of death, and no turning back. Anyone who put his hand to the plow and turned back was of no use to the Kingdom (Luke 9:62).

For us today we don’t have to carry a heavy wooden cross on our backs through the streets to our execution, but we do have to carry the message of the cross wherever we go.

The cross of our faith should be recognisable by our love for Christ, in our devotion to Him, in our commitment to His Kingdom and by our love and service to others.

Take up your cross today. Put your hand firmly on the plow. Don’t look back and be totally committed to Christ and His Kingdom today.

God Bless,

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