I Want To Follow Jesus–Part 2 of 3

Matthew 16:24

If you do, that is great! First, you need to know the requirements. There are three: Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus.
Taking up your cross is probably the most misunderstood of the three. Some think this means courageously living with some burden of the flesh like a handicap, arthritis, cancer, and the list goes on. While I can empathize with them, this is not the case. All those things come upon people as a result of being a human being with a body of flesh. There are at least four aspects of cross bearing:
1. You must voluntarily choose to do it. You are not obligated except for the urging of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
2. The Christian life itself is one of sacrificial service. It may require giving up your personal ambition or desires in order to do God’s will. It may mean serving Christ in some place, or in some way, where the reward and appreciation are small, if at all.
3. It may mean that you will be called to stand against the evil in your society or champion the causes of the poor and needy.
4. At the least, it will require giving up time, leisure, and pleasure to please God and serve others. There are no cheap crosses. It will cost you. Notice Jesus said you are to take up “your” cross. That means you must find what God wants you to do, and do it!
Do you still want to follow Jesus?

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