Luke 9:23 (NIV) – Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
“When Jesus tells you to take up your cross daily, he is not telling you to find some way to suffer daily. He is simply forewarning of what happens to the person committed to following him. It is neither a call to seek suffering as an end in itself nor an invitation to undergo an inner experience of dying. ‘If you want to follow me,’ he is saying, ‘be prepared for what you will have to face. They put me on a cross–and they may do the same to you. You will do well, then, to arm yourself daily with a willingness to take whatever ever may come to you because of me.’” [John White, Cost of Commitment, Location 880]
We have been forewarned that following Jesus will come at a cost. We should not be caught off guard when sacrifices are required. There is a daily training program we are to commit ourselves to – the everyday carrying of our cross. It will get us in shape to face what comes our way.
Let’s worship to “Endless Alleluia” by Bethel Music (Click here).
Let’s pray: God, please give us this magnificent obsession of following Jesus. May no cost be too much for us. Train us in willingness, in commitment, through the daily carrying of our cross. In Jesus’ name, amen.