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As a Christian, you’ve probably heard this a time or two….

“Take up your cross and Follow Jesus.”

But you might be thinking, “What does that even mean? What cross?!”

Let’s break it down real quick:

In Matthew 16:24-26 Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

To take up our cross means to let go of worldly things, hold onto our faith, and move toward what God has for us instead.

I struggle with this.

If I’m being honest, I can look at my bank account as my safety net or my profession as my worth.

But what Jesus is telling us is that if we try to save ourselves, we will fail every time (“for whoever would save his life will lose it).

In my Bible I wrote it like this:

“Safe” can be life-taking. Leaving “safe” for Jesus is life-giving.”

If you really want to live like you mean it…

If you want your life to be an epic adventure…

Take up your cross and follow Jesus.

His way leads to everything good.

Want to take this a step further?

Here's a journaling prompt for you:

What do I need to let go of so I can “take up my cross?”

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