Good afternoon. Happy Friday! I pray you all have a blessed day and wonderful weekend!
TFTD: Will you take up your cross?
Luke 9:23-24 (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.
What are you willing to do for Christ? Or do you merely want to reap the benefits of being a child of God with no struggle or consequence? How far are you willing to travel in this journey called life to please the Lord? Or are you looking for a quick fix for the moment? Are you willing to take up your cross DAILY and follow Christ? Tough question that we all must answer if we truly want to be disciples of Christ.
Today, being a Christian should be more than lip-service. It should be a way of life. We shouldn’t turn Christ on or off when it’s convenient for us, we should strive to serve Christ and do His will, His way.
As believers, we need to develop spiritually tough skin.
A common misconception that people have about Christians, is that once we become saved we won’t struggle or suffer. WRONG!!! Oh we suffer and go through tough times, the difference is we have a Father in Heaven who gives us hope during our storms. Unfortunately, there are too many people proclaiming their love for Christ, but at the first sign of trouble they curse Him and turn to the world. Do you know anyone like that? It could be you?
Do you want to be a disciple of Christ? Do you want to serve Him by serving others? If you truly want to follow Christ you have to let Him lead and you are going to have to take up your cross. What does that mean? You have to embrace your sufferings and trust God. You have to pick up the things that are beating you down and carry them daily and follow Christ. Before you were born Christ carried a cross that didn’t belong to Him, it belonged to you and I, but God! Jesus didn’t just drop the cross and complain, He carried that cross to Calvary, embraced lashings and beatings to save a sinner like you and a sinner like me. Jesus led by example. He could have tried to save His life and end up losing it, but instead he gave up His life so that we may live and in turn He lives!!! (That made me get happy!)
So the question to is, “Will you take up your cross and follow Christ?” Will you let God lead you and stop complaining and trying to take the easy way out of everything? Will you embrace your sufferings, trusting that there is a blessing on the other end? I don’t know about you, but I’m taking up my cross and following Christ.
Take time to search your personal relationship with Christ and see if you are ready to take up your cross and follow Him! God bless! Have a wonderful day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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