Carry Your Own Cross

cross in water.jpgIt is such an awesome thing when someone decides to believe in Jesus Christ.  Believing in Jesus Christ is different than just believing that He is real and that He is the Son of God.  It takes surrender.  It takes following Him and obeying His commands.  Those of us who confess that we are believers in Christ, do we do these things?  Let us surrender to Jesus and remember that our old self is dead and hung on the cross with Jesus (see my post, “Christ in Me”).  We are a new creation in Christ Jesus (see my post, “God’s Grace Frees Us from Sin”).  I thank God that He did this for me and changed my life!  He did it for you, too.  I hope that you take this opportunity to surrender to Him and be free.  Free from your sin, free from your past.

Luke 9:23-26 

“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and he himself is destroyed or lost? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s and of the holy angels.

Some of Jesus’ words are harsh at times. How do we know we are His? Has there been a change in your life? What are you willing to give up for Christ? He gave His life for us. Sometimes God expects us to make sacrifices and to do something that may be uncomfortable or inconvenient. My previous scripture post was from Matthew 6, where Jesus says to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Are we doing that? Or are we living for ourselves? What is most important to us? Are we standing up for what is right and true or are we compromising and going with the status quo? Are we more concerned with what others think of us or with pleasing God? Are we following Jesus or just acknowledging Him? I think these are questions we should be asking ourselves every day. My desire is that we all know Jesus Christ intimately and that He works through us in mighty ways to bring us and others closer to Him.

 

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