Daily Cross

Posted: September 29, 2015 in TLCC
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What is the riskiest thing you ever did? Every time I see waterfalls, I would always want to view it from the back portion. There are usually caves at the back of the falls. It’s risky, but usually worth it.

The whole idea is that it’s better to risk your life rather than waste it. I don’t want to live my life waking up one day regretting things I never did. I want to be able to say “I have live my life to the fullest”. The question remains then…

Are the risks we take worth talking about in eternity?

We come to our study in Luke 9:23-26.

People were flocking to Jesus. They want to be healed. They want freedom from demonic oppression. They want to be fed. They want to see what He is going to do next. As people flock to him, Jesus tells something that turns a lot of people off.

Wanna come after me? Deny yourself. Take up your cross daily. Follow me. (Luke 9:23 – my version)

Jesus is saying…

(#1) CHRISTIAN LIFE IS HARD.

Deny yourself. How do we do that? Think of the person you love most. Think of one thing you can’t live without. Remove that person or thing in your life. Fully surrender yourself. Your time. Your resources. Your money. Your life. Deny yourself. Lose your sense of entitlement.

Take up your cross daily. Embrace suffering. Feel the pain. On a daily basis. For Christians who live to talk about God’s blessings, or the comforts of being a Christian, think of what Jesus said. Suffering is part of a Christian’s life. If you are not being persecuted, maybe it’s about time to think on which side you are on. Jesus spoke about suffering for God. Paul also did (Acst 14:22). Peter did as well (1 Peter 4:12). James did too (James 1:12). Bottomline…

Suffering is part of our DNA.

Follow Christ. Follow not just with your head but with your all. Read what He says. Do what He tells you. Follow.

Then (#2) JESUS TELLS US TO DENY WHATEVER KEEPS US FROM FULLY ENJOYING GOD.

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:24-26)

Jesus meant that we are to surrender our claim to our possessions. In other words, we are not to be possessed by possessions. The true disciple is not obsessed by material things. The only obsession we should have is for Jesus Christ. He must be the most important pursuit in our lives. He must be more important than our career or personal happiness.

What is stopping you from fully enjoying God?

Embrace risk; not minimize it. Risk-taking is directly tied to your faith. We can spend our lives seeking worldly pleasures, acquiring worldly possessions, and pursuing worldly ambitions – all under the banner of Christianity. Or we can decide that Jesus is worth taking the risk. When we realize who we are giving up for, it’s no longer a matter of sacrifice. It’s just common sense. We will find personal happiness we want not by seeking it, but by seeking Him.

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