Originally published Wednesday, 21 August 2013.
"If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me." (Mark 8:34)
Denying ourselves may seem the costliest decision we will ever make. Let's be honest, sisters: we like control. We like self-sufficiency and decision-making and understanding the way our lives pan out.
But choosing to follow Christ means we no longer have control. We are stunningly aware of our lack of sufficiency. We realize that decision-making is less about what we desire, and more about having our will aligned with God's will. And understanding? Yes, it too is submitted to Christ's Lordship.
And yet, we are more loved than we ever dared imagine.
But what a miraculous gospel we proclaim! In Christ, we find rest for our souls, as we deny ourselves to exalt the Sovereignty of God. His grace covers our weaknesses, gives us the strength to endure until we are perfected, and sactifies us as we follow Christ on a daily basis.
The act may seem costly. But the rewards are eternal. This was made possible because Christ gave His life in the costliest way, to redeem His children and reconcile us to the Father. Let us follow after His example.
What would it look like to take up your cross and follow Christ today?