DayBreaks for 5/24/19: Taking Hold of the Cross
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give it up for me, you will find it. – Matthew 10:38-39 (NLT)
In a world full of challenges to accomplish much and achieve great things, Jesus’ invitation to lose our life stands in stark contrast to what the world invites us to do. To accept one’s cross seems counter-intuitive at best, and outright crazy according to human thought.
There are several things about Jesus’ invitation that we must consider:
FIRST: in taking up our cross, we are following Him. He invites us to do what He has done before us – accepting that cross that awaits. Because he took up the cross first, if we fail to imitate him, we are not worthy of being his.
SECOND: Jesus only invites us to do the things that he’s already been willing to do. He never asks us to go farther than he was willing to go.
THIRD: Jesus doesn’t invite us to just get tough and pull ourselves up to heaven by our bootstraps. He knows that isn’t possible. He is fully aware, as Mike Mason put it in The Gospel According to Job, that “the only bootstrap in the Christian life is the cross. Sometimes laying hold of the cross can be comforting; but other times it is like picking up a snake. Christ Himself found this out when He cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
The cross is the only pathway to heaven. Dying is the only pathway to life.
Prayer: Lord, we need your courage to be able to follow in your footsteps to our own cross. As we embrace not only your cross, but ours, may we find life and life to the fullest. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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