Jesus taught that a true disciple must “bear his own cross and come after Me.” He was not referring to a physical cross like the one on which He died for us. That cross was forced on Jesus by the Romans as their worst form of death. The cross in Luke 14:27 is one that a disciple takes up voluntarily and chooses to bear for the sake of Christ. What is your “cross”?
If we are determined to truly live for Christ and follow Him faithfully, we will receive the same Satanic opposition and hatred He received. To be Christ-like in the true sense of being His disciple, will mean misunderstanding, false accusations, distortion of our witness, and enduring circumstances that are painful and often do not make sense. Bearing your cross will often seem like a very lonely road with very few to encourage and share your burden. This means that you have ONE objective; to follow Jesus whatever the cost, keeping Him as your single focus in life and ministry.
Let’s read these words of Jesus again; “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” God has chosen a path/cross for me that is different from every other believer and it is very important that I accept that cross as being His specific will for me. At the same time, every disciple is required to do the same thing even though their cross is different from everyone else – “come after” Jesus. The example and goal of every disciple is the same – JESUS!
What if I do not like my cross? What if I want to copy someone else’s success? What if I get tired of “bearing my cross”? THEN YOU CANNOT BE JESUS’ DISCIPLE! It is that simple. When our cross becomes too hard, too heavy or too difficult, Jesus will tell you the same thing He told Paul; “My grace is sufficient (enough) for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Lean on His grace to bear YOUR CROSS and be a true disciple.
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