Matthew 10:38 (NKJV)
38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
What does taking up your cross mean to you? Now do not just rush to a conclusion. Pray, reflect, pray, and visualize this thought.
Why pray first? I do not believe any of us can truly understand the pain, agony and suffering that occurred that day when Jesus went to the cross for you. He went because He loves you. He went so that He could pay the price for you to spend eternity with Him.
He was willing to give His life for you, yet what are you willing to give up for Him? Now is the time to pray again and see what you need to give up. Now this means you putting Him first in all that you do.
1. Maybe you have habits you need to give up and allow Him to be Lord of your life.
2. Maybe you work 60 hours a week not because you need to, but because you put work first in your life.
3. Maybe you have several things you enjoy such as church, friends, family, and meetings yet in none of these areas do you put Jesus first.
4. Maybe you are in ministry, yet you never spend time praying for God’s direction and you do it on your own.
These are just a few examples that may reflect you or they give you an idea to see where you get His love out of order. We need to love Jesus with our whole heart and put Him first in all we do. This will lead to a blessed life because you allow Him to be Lord of your life. So, take up your cross and follow the One who loves you.
Father, Thank You for Jesus and Your love for me. The loving compassion You shared in going to the cross Jesus is beyond measure. Please help me in my walk with You and forgive me where I do not always put You first.
In Your Gracious Name I pray Jesus, Amen