Red Letter Day 31: Take Up Your Cross

2015 Lent Blog

Friday March 20

take-your-crossThen Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
(Matthew 16:24-25)

I am sure all of the disciples wondered what he meant whenever Jesus used this phrase pick up your cross and follow me. He had not yet been crucified and the cross was the ultimate symbol of shame and reproach. Jesus knew his purpose and that was to be the Savior of the world. This was accomplished by the power and grace of the cross. How do we pick up our cross and follow Jesus? What is our cross?

What makes the answer to this question hard is the fact that for every one of us it is a different answer. We do not always know what our purpose is and so we do not get involved. During this month we are looking at helping to get every one of us living out our purpose for God. Attached is a Time Talent and Conviction form that is going to help each of us look at ways that we can get involved. Maybe God is laying something new on your heart that we as a church should start doing and you may be the person to lead. The incredible blessing of all of this is that when we live out our purpose for God, we find ourselves and we find an incredible blessing in helping in a way that we are meant to serve, our cross.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Dave

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