TakeUpYourCross

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25 ESV

“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” Mark 8:34-35 ESV

“And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” Luke 9:23-24 ESV


 

As we begin our journey in the shadow of the cross, we prepare with an important requirement for following after Jesus – willingness to sacrifice; to put off anything keeping us from focusing on Him; to sacrificially give to make Him the priority, the focal point of our life.

Following after Jesus will cost us something; as you prepare to read of Christ’s last days before the cross, what is your sacrifice?

How will you take up your cross and follow Him during the next 21 days of prayer and meditation of Christ’s sacrifice?

Jesus, help us to follow after You. Show us the things in our life that hinder us from experiencing You fully. We devote this time to focus on the sacrifice of the cross and recommit to following You. Amen

 

 

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Jodie

Excited about the 21 day journey! Following after Jesus WILL cost us something, but the return far exceeds the sacrifice. Praying that my heart is willing to move forward unhindered! Thank you for leading the way during this 21 days.

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