The continuous lessons of the cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (Mark 8:34-36, NIV)

I can remember a seminary professor saying, “You don’t need to go looking for a cross. One has been readily provided.”

Lord, too often my aversion to the cross steers me away from the glory of your resurrection. Keep me in the shadow of your cross and may its daily work have an ever deepening impact on my life. Amen.

The hard road of the cross is still beautiful

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

I can remember a professor New Testament in seminary saying these beautiful words: “When Jesus calls us to take up our cross, we don’t need to go looking for one. One has already been provided.”

Following Jesus is the ultimate risk and the ultimate joy. It is a calling that brings sacrifice… and reward. The hardest way is the most joyous way.

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We only see what we want to see

Our perpetual struggle is blindness. Not physical blindness. Mental or spiritual blindness. From claims of conspiracy theories to fake news, we don’t like hearing what is counter to what we hold dear. And here is some news that isn’t fake: it is like this all the time. EverywhereContinue reading “We only see what we want to see”

Good bye cruel world!

Today’s reading for MULTIPLY discipleship is Galatians 6.

And what comes up AGAIN? The cross. (It seems to be all over the New Testament… and very hard to avoid.) 1 Corinthians 1 on Sunday… Galatians 6 today… and the cross.

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14)

Yesterday we read from Romans 12 and the idea there was transformed thinking. The pattern is too obvious. Therefore… let us ignore it.

Let us ignore the cross. Let us embrace the world. Let us not worry about the smile of our King and live only to be liked by our world.

It makes us feel better, anyway.

For a time.

But the only way of Kingdom life is through the cross. I need HIS way, not mine. HIS way is life. I somehow keep letting the enemy tell me otherwise. But today I must allow the work of the CROSS have its way in me.