Matthew 16:24-28 NIV
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
'We all have a cross to bear.' We will probably have heard that phrase. I wonder if we ever considered it deeply. Maybe we think of it as a small problem with this or that. Maybe with think of it as meaning someone one we just have to put up with. Jesus' words mean so much more than these things. Jesus is asking us to put our whole lives on the table. Simply, crosses are all about death! Are we able to say that we will offer up ourselves fully. A theologian Bonhoffer, once wrote that 'When Christ calls a man (sic), he bids him come and die.' Dying to ourself and living for Christ is at the heart of discipleship. It leads to salvation this placing our trust in Jesus.
Help me, O Lord. Amen.