TAKE UP HIS CROSS
Matthew 16:24b “Take-up his cross”
Take up your cross and follow Jesus. This was mentioned earlier in Matthew 10:38. But important principles are often worth repeating.
Take up your cross and follow Jesus. The cross is symbolic of death. Jesus carried his cross, the one on which He was crucified.
We, too, should be willing to take up the instrument of our own death and be willing to die for Christ.
In our daily lives we should deny ourselves and put to death our sinful desires. We should accept the ridicule or shame from persecution we have in following Christ.
When we die to self we separate ourselves from the sin in the world. We sacrificially lay down our lives so others may live.
When we take up our cross we are telling the world that as a disciple of Christ we are willing to die for Him.