Saturday, October 3, 2009

Discipleship & The Cross

Discipleship is faith expressed in real life, every day, in every way-- John Koessler


Discipleship implies a living relationship with the Christ we love, serve, and seek to imitate. For most of us there is room in this relationship for considerable improvement. Only if you are willing to take up your cross may you be called His disciple. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it”Matthew 16:25-26.

As I was having my devotional today, I struggled with Mark 8:34. I couldn't believe I was asking God what does He meant by carrying my own cross? Was it my burden that I have carry? Or was it my shame? A lot of things went through my head until He opened up my mind and led me to the meaning of the cross. It was simple but not easy. It means being willing to die in order to follow Jesus. The next verse (Mark 8:35) needs me to give up my life in order to save it which is obviously not easy. Yet, a disciple is only one if he or she is willing to give up his or her hopes, dreams, possessions, even his or her very life if need be for the cause of Christ.

If you wonder if you are ready to take up your cross, consider these questions:
• Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing some of your closest friends?
• Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means alienation from your family?
• Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means the loss of your reputation?
• Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing your job?
• Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing your life?

Lord, thank you for showing me the true meaning of the cross. May You continue to teach me to carry on with love the cross that you have given me.

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