24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
This is one of Jesus’s most powerful lessons that he teaches His disciples and one which we all continue to learn each and every single day. Take up your cross and follow him. A lot of the time, we get so fixated on the world, and we get so fixated on other people’s sins, other people’s characteristics, other people’s traits, and how they should be taking up their cross. But Jesus didn’t say sorry about your brother’s cross.
Jesus said Take up your cross and follow Me. And when we do so, that means that we look to our sins, we look to our flaws, we look to the things that bind us, things that shackle us, and he’s asking us to take up our cross to surrender those things and to follow in his example. And so, I just want us to take the time today to analyze our lives, analyze the things that have us bound, analyze those that we cannot give up. And see if we maybe need a quick reset. It’s already the end of April. Maybe we can fast those items for a couple of weeks. Whatever the Lord speaks to your heart, I pray that you do, so I pray that you take up your cross each and every day. And we stop worrying about the crosses of our neighbors, but we start worrying about our own crosses. Because as we take up our own cross, our testimony continues to build through our testimony, those around us will learn the face of Jesus; they will see Jesus’ movement in our lives, and therefore they will gain interest in letting Jesus move on behalf of their life.
So let us stop looking to the world and let us start looking for what Jesus is asking for us. And that is to take up our cross to follow him to love on his people and allow him to continue to work on our testimonies so that we can share the goodness of God through the things that he has done in our lives.
Father God, we are sorry for all of the times we fixate on the world; we fixate on the things that shackle us, the things that bind us, and Lord, beyond that, we focus on our brothers and our sisters and how they should be doing life when in reality you ask us to take up our cross learn today we analyze that we analyze what holds us in this life we analyze what we have our eyes fixated on or let it be you. So let us take up our cross today. Let us take up our cross every day. Let us focus on the things that we need. To focus on to better aligning our lives with you. Or do we want to be on the righteous step? We want to be on the righteous journey, and that is a journey following you following your word and the way you are to others. May we love first may we extend grace, may we look for your mercy, Lord, we love you so much, and we ask that you bless this beautiful Thursday. It is in your holy name that we pray today and every day. Amen.