This is part 2 of the 3 part series ‘Called’. I hope you enjoy what you read and I’d love it if you gave me some feedback afterwards. Just drop a comment.
As Christians we’re all called to take up our cross. This basically means living out the mission (as explained in last week’s post).
“Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said ‘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 my sake will find it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?’” – Mark 8:34-36
Jesus will save your soul if you take up your cross, so it’s vital that you make the decision to do so. Taking up your cross can not only change your life and enhance your spiritual growth but it can also change the lives of those around you. Think of taking up your cross like a bright light. Once you’ve taken it up you start shining a light onto people, a light that helps them see, a light they don’t want to lose so they follow it. When you follow Jesus, others will follow you.
3 points to help you take up your cross:
1) Stick with Jesus.
Sticking with Jesus will mean that you’ll have no confusion in where he wants you to go. If you stick with him and keep praying and asking him where he wants you to go, he’ll give you the directions. Just like a map. Jesus is your map along the long winding road telling you where to go. But don’t forget to keep checking the map if you’re on the right track because you don’t want to get lost.
2) Stick with Jesus.
Taking up your cross can be an intimidating task. You’ll face obstacles and scary points along your path and this is why you need to stick with Jesus. Jesus can help you overcome these obstacles and get out of the dark places. Jesus is your guide.
3) Stick with Jesus.
Along your road you’re going to need supplies and equipment. Stick with Jesus as he can fulfil your every need. Just put your trust in him. Remember though, you don’t need to be perfect to take up your cross. Jesus didn’t call the equipped, he equipped the called. So Jesus will give you everything you need to take up your cross, he’ll equip you with everything that’s essential for this journey of faith if you stick with him.
Taking up your cross is essential in a walk with God. I urge you to do it, you won’t regret it, sure you’ll come to some bad times, but what you reap will be so much greater than any obstacle.
Thanks for Reading,