Your cross and your discipleship
Mark 8: 34 – 38 “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
It is your cross. It is on the road of your discipleship.
For Jesus it was his call, the mission of his Father. It was his purpose and destiny.
Your cross is where only you can go.
There are times when God will not be experienced and known until you agree to follow Him on your own. Discipleship can be encouraged in groups but it is always an individual walk.
Your cross will cost you.
Decisions will not cost you but discipleship will. But dead men don’t have any rights anyway. You cannot get to the altar of sacrifice with conditions attached. You have to go in silence like a lamb to the shearer.
Your cross will take you to where you have never been.
Disciples are always empowered by the Spirit when they take up their cross. (You will receive power when the Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses …)