Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
As Christians, we want to be obedient to God’s Word. God says, that obedience is better than sacrifice. In Matthew 10:38-39, God is calling for you to forsake everything, take up your Cross and follow Him. For those who are not willing, Jesus says, that they are not worthy of Him. This is a strict declaration. Are you willing to follow Christ, no matter the risk, trial and/tribulation? Are you willing to follow Christ in the wilderness, through the storm, and at times during the grief and heartache of loss of a loved one, your health, cherished possession and/or relationship?
If you are, then you are submitting your life to Jesus, and sacrificing all to serve Him. Letting go of those things that you deem important is not easy. Jesus never promised that life would be easy, but when you follow Him there will be trials, but also joy and abundance for giving your life and all that you have to Him. Taking up your Cross points to suffering at times. The Cross has two sides. On one side is at times suffering, enduring suffering and wilderness moments, and on the other side is Victory, Deliverance and Salvation.
When you try to hold onto material things, are disobedient to God’s Word, and become selfish and fulfilling the desires of the flesh, God is very clear, you will lose your current (the blessings and peace of living for Christ) and eternal life. You will be out of the will of God and subject yourself to self-induced hardship and bring curses upon yourself, instead of receiving His blessings. Jesus promises, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).” Jesus wants to give you abundant blessings. This does not mean there will not be hardship, but He will also bless you to get you out of the wilderness to the mountain top. You keep your life, by giving it to Jesus.
Now faithful servant of Jesus Christ, do as He instructs you. Pick up your Cross and follow Him. I promise you; it is a journey that is fulfilling, in spite of trials and you will be blessed in this life and with the gift of eternal life. Jesus is calling you and seeking your love, service and devotion. He says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).” Keep listening, keep following Him because you are His beloved, protected and abundantly blessed servant.
Be blessed always,