Matthew 16:24-25 ” Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘ If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it.’ “

So what does take up your cross and follow Me really mean…and why is it so hard to do? First, let’s look at what the cross meant to Jesus. It was total obedience to God the Father, it entailed suffering, shame, rejection and humiliation. Finally, it was absolute giving up of Himself for the greater good. Well doesn’t that all sound like a fun time! No wonder we find this commandment difficult…our fleshly desires and need for immediate gratification go completely against denying ourselves anything, let alone placing others above our wishes. But it’s necessary in order to follow Jesus with that abiding fellowship of faith we must have. For bottom line is…it’s about selfless love…or as I John 3:16 says, ” This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

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