Thursday, March 20, 2008

Take Up Your Cross

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." Matthew 16:24

When someone was found guilty and condemned to be crucified, a part of the sentence was that they would carry their cross. Joyce Meyer says, Jesus said our cross is to live unselfish lives. He said that we are to forget about ourselves, losing sight of ourselves and our own interests. That literally means we must live for God and other people. We must lay our lives down and do what is for the good of other people and the Kingdom of God. When we think of the choice to live an unselfish life, something deep within us cries out, "What about me?" The good news is that God takes care of us if we do what He asks us to do. Each act of obedience to God's will is a seed we sow that reaps an abundant harvest of peace, joy, and blessing in our own lives."

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