Been trying to wrap my head around something Jesus said. In Luke 9:23, Jesus made this statement:
“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
Now, we use this verse a lot in church. We say it every time we want to challenge people to maybe serve once a month or perhaps give $10 to a special offering. But have you really ever considered what Jesus is saying here? It’s scary!!
If we want to follow Jesus, we must DENY ourselves and take up our CROSS…oh and do this every day. If you wanted to condense this verse for Jesus (not that we need to), you could say it like this. To be like Jesus, you must be willing to sacrifice.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t like that word (sacrifice). I don’t like it that much. It sounds painful. It doesn’t sound fun.
My guess is that many people are willing to follow Christ as long as it doesn’t cost them anything. After all, getting into heaven is free right?
Actually, no it’s not. It just cost far more than you could pay…so Jesus paid for you.
Now that’s sacrifice!