What I Read Today;
Genesis 46-48; Psalm 16; Matthew 16; Romans 16
What do you think Jesus means when he says that people must “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me,” in Matthew 16:24?
Is Jesus saying that we have to sell our possessions and move into a monastery? I don’t think so.
Do you think Jesus is suggesting that we should never save any money and that we should give everything we have to the poor? Not if we take his earlier rebuke to the Pharisees in consideration.
So what is he saying here?
What Jesus is saying is this, he wants to be first in our lives. He won’t play second fiddle. He wants our total allegiance, love, and loyalty.
Jesus wants us to behave like we truly do love God above everything else in our lives. Jesus actually does mean it when he says that he wants us to love our neighbors as ourselves even when it hurts.
Jesus wants us to be devoted to living that life out of gratitude for what he did on our behalf. Our lives should be about something greater than ourselves. It should be about serving one another and loving God above all else.
That is the Cross Jesus is asking us to carry!