Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34)
My personal prayer as I walk through this very difficult passage in the Gospel of Mark:
I want Christ formed in me. I want his thoughts flowing my mind. I want HIS heart when I see people. I want to truly know him so I many truly love him.
Lord, fill my imagination. I want to be wholly yours. Yours alone. Heartbreak may come. People I love may drift away… or walk away… But I must walk with you. I don’t walk with you to gain approval of others. I walk with you because my soul truly delights in you.
I am not ashamed of Christ. I am in love with my Savior. He is worthy following. The more I know him, the more I love him. The more I love others!
The way of the cross leads me to hard places. There are places of rejection. There are places of misunderstanding.
He also leads me to the good places. He leads me to places of abundance I’ve never known.
His way is the way of the cross and I must follow.
He is God. I am not.