“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”
This is a simple, yet powerful statement. To deny ourselves daily and pick up your cross daily. We must become accustom to principals of self-denial and patience. If we indulge our ease and appetite, it will be harder for us to bear toil, weariness, and need for Christ. In life we meet many “crosses” that can get in the way of following Christ. For me personally, some of those crosses have been struggles with pornography, issues with trusting God’s plan for my life, and allowing myself to be influenced negatively by those around me. Even though we don’t have to take these burdens alone, for Christ is for us and if he is for us who can be against us? But we are called to take up these crosses as they are put in front of us and follow Jesus.
The second part to this passage is pretty important as well. “For whoever would save his life will lose it…” And basically what this is saying is that by trying to preserve your life by filling it with earthly things that you hope to be remembered, you will have denied Christ and his truths. And by doing so you will have lost something infinitely more important than your possessions or property; your precious soul.
“…but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” If you lose your life for clinging to Christ, you will have gained something far better than material possessions and that is you shall have life again. A new and eternal life.
Are you prepared to deny yourself daily and take up the cross of Christ and follow him with all you’ve got? It can be difficult at times but if God brought you to it, he’ll bring you through it.
In God’s grip,