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take up your cross

28 Jun

160628He sternly ordered and commanded them not to tell anyone, saying, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” Then he said to them all, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words, of them the Son of Man will be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:21-27, NRSV)

“If you want to follow me,” Jesus said, “You must deny yourself, and take up your cross and follow me.”

Deny yourself.

Look out for others first. This is what Jesus did.

The night before the cross, in the garden, Jesus sweat blood. He was in agony asking for another way, yet “not my will, but your’s be done” He said to the father.

Think of others before yourself, and do what needs to be done.

Follow Jesus is not easy. But it will be the best decision you ever make.

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