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. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.
Matthew 16:24

Next time you cannot remember why “we” must carry our own crosses and follow Jesus, just look and see what He had to do for us. Next time you think twice in sinning, remember this; sin was a act of free will and cost our Lord His life. Sin is something that we “ALL” do and is sad to say the least in why we continue to do it. Why must we continue to sin? Why can we not listen with our hearts to our Lord’s cry for repentance and not fall into temptation again and again.. and again.

Are you tired of falling? Are you tired of “giving in?” Are you tired of sinning. Are you tired of doing the same-old, day after day… month after month, year and year? Are you ready to loose yourself completely to the cross. Are you ready to fully give your everything, yes and I mean everything to follow Jesus. Let me warn you that the cross has a price my brothers and sisters. Oh yes! The cross is a very heavy and hard burden to bare, but the Lord instructs us all that we must “pick up our crosses daily and follow him…”

As we read Matthew 16:24-25, we find Jesus instructing His disciples what they must do to be true disciples of Him.  It reads, “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. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”  Wow!  If you “hang on to your life, you will lost it…”  What a true and powerful statement.

So what are you going to do? Pick up your crosses. Not the crosses you where around neck. Picking up your cross is not a fashion statement, but an action of faith, will and complete trust. You are agreeing with God to pick up the cross as Jesus did and follow Him on His journey of eternal glory and salvation. I am not saying you are dyeing for all man’s sin as Jesus did. You are going to deny yourself and keep your eyes completely on the Lord, blinded to this worlds’ chaos and follow Him. You are dyeing to self by picking up your cross.

So, pick up your crosses,  follow Jesus and you will be happy. It will not be easy. You will be tempted, you will be tested, you will suffer, but……. You will be happy!
AMEN!

Brother Jonathan

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