Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24
Jesus was very specific about what it takes to be a good disciple. You and I if we want to mature in our Christian walk should pay close attention.
First, we must deny ourselves. Now Jesus said that He came to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly, so He is not saying here that we should not own anything. He is not telling you to skip your vacation to the Bahamas this year (but you could take me with you). He is telling you to step aside from the desires of the world and place your desires in line with His will. He is saying to prioritize your life! Set your heart on eternal things....look to Jesus and not unto your own abilities.
Second, Jesus said we must take up our cross. I'm not sure about you, but I don't have a cross, at least not literally. Jesus is talking here about carry forth the mission of Christ. We are to be the salt of the Earth. We are to spread the good news. We are to be little Christ's to the world as others see Jesus in us. The message and wonder of the cross is to be evident in us!
Third, Jesus told us to follow him. That may seem like the easiest, but it is perhaps the most difficult....at least for me. I remember when I was younger playing "follow the leader". The guy in front made all the moves. The object was to follow the leader exactly. Jesus is our leader. Each and every day we need to mimic the Savior!
If we want to seek after Jesus, we need to apply these steps to our lives today!
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