Jesus has some searching words on discipleship for us as believers. He asks you and me to count the cost. What is the cost of not heeding His call, of not being willing to pay the price of discipleship?
“Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
These words from Jesus can seem very strange in one sense. Didn’t Jesus come down from the cross? Isn’t the cross a most hateful and repugnant symbol of pain and agony, physical and that spiritual anguish that our Lord had to endure?
But the way of Christ, the path of following Jesus – It is a narrow road, and few there be that find it.
Furthermore, those on the broad road will bring down mockery and hatred on those walking toward glory.
As Jesus bore the cross on His shoulders in anticipation of His sacrifice, so when we are brought to Him, and each day after, we are to take up and bear our own cross as we go about His will in the world.
This is the cost that Jesus calls out. We cannot be friends with the world. And we cannot pretend at righteousness.
* Gracious Lord,
You have called us to be set apart, broken yet redeemed, once lost and now found, once dead in sin now alive in Christ.
Thank You God above! For Your mercy and Your grace. For Your steadfast love and faithfulness.
Please help us, each day, to be salt and light in this world.
And Father God, please help us to take up our cross each day, in joyful obedience and that wonderful hope in our destination, eternal life in the new heavens and earth.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!